Internet Explorer 7, windows become unclickable

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Johnny, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Johnny

    Johnny Guest

    Hello all,

    I hope I'm formatting this correctly, as I've never posted in the newsgroups
    before. I've been having this problem for quite some time, almost
    immediately after reinstalling Windows XP Pro. It happens randomly, usually
    only after opening another IE window, or folder. This problem occurs with
    all applications, but very rarely. I get it all the time with IE, so I'm
    hoping someone may have seen this problem before.

    The symptoms: the window becomes unclickable. More so than that, windows
    acts as if the window isn't even there at all. I can select icons and other
    windows behind it, "through" the window, if you will. I can still select the
    window on the task manager, and even tab through and keyboard navigate
    through websites, I just can't use the mouse.

    Any requests for more details will be gladly answered, but that's all I can
    really think of at the moment.

    Thanks for your help.
    Johnny, Mar 28, 2007
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    Johnny Guest

    Thank you for your response. To answer your questions one by one:
    The problems ONLY occur when IE is already open. For instance, I had IE
    open, then opened my flash editing software. I navigated around some more in
    the original IE window, then opened a new one. Both IE windows in this
    situation were clickable, but not my flash editor.

    Another example, which is what happens 95% of the time: I am navigating in
    IE, open a new window (either through right click, "Open in New Window", or
    by clicking on my IE start menu icon.) The new window is fine, I can click
    on it and everything, but the first window has become unclickable.

    I would guess that IE is causing something to happen that affects all
    applications. I apologize for the lack of description (reading back, I can
    see I should have explained a bit more.)
    No, I cannot "see" in any way through the window. I can, for instance,
    click "through" the window to an empty area on my desktop, and drag the mouse
    to create the dotted box, just as if the IE window were not there. I can
    click any icon, whatever, you name it. The mouse icon acts as if the window
    isn't even there.
    As explained above, the window is in no way transparent. I cannot see
    through it, and the mouse icon remains visible in front of the bugged IE
    window. When I click, the IE window changes from the active to the inactive
    window (if it were active) and again, as above, I can click whatever the
    mouse icon happens to be over (including other windows, if they are there.)
    Again, as explained, it's very infrequent, and only if I have IE open at the
    Well, it's definitely fully drawn, it looks exactly like it did before it
    gets bugged. There can be anywhere from just that window open (plus the new
    one) or more, the amount has no effect (I can open 20 browsers and have the
    same chance of it bugging or not.) I don't use tabbed browsing, so that
    should have nothing to do with it. I don't know what kind of DLL would need
    to be registered, so maybe you can give some suggestions? As for add ons, I
    really can't remember what specifically I installed or didn't install before
    this started happening. It is random anyway, so even if I installed
    something and 5 minutes later the IE window bugged, that installation may not
    have caused it.

    Again, I thank you for taking the time to reply, and I hope my explanations
    have been a little more complete this time.
    Johnny, Mar 29, 2007
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    Johnny Guest

    well, maybe you have IE open most of the time? Then it's normal that it is
    open when the problem occurs (with other applications).

    I do have IE open quite often, but as I said, I've only seen this error
    when IE is already open.
    I don't use other programs very often, other than full screen games and full
    screen movies (where I've never had this problem.) It occurs occasionally
    with windows explorer windows (my computer, my documents, windows like that.)
    I don't understand what you mean by "freeze" all of these programs this way?
    The task manager shows IE running, I can right click the program in the
    taskbar and close it, minimize/maximize, etc. If other windows are moved
    "over" the affected window, it acts no differently than an unseleced window
    in the background. It remains fully visibile and functional (except for the
    mouse cursur).

    But how can you click icons underneath if you can't click thru? Do you
    click (double-click I suppose?) them blindly because you know where they are?

    I think you may have misread, I definitely CAN click through the windows. I
    click as you say, basically blindly because I know what's there, or at least
    that there's something there, and randomly click on whatever the mouse cursor
    is over.
    I'll try those suggestions, tonight, hopefully they help. I know it's an
    odd problem. I've googled a lot and have come up with nothing. I'll also
    try an alternative browser, perhaps I'll discover that the problem isn't IE
    at all.

    Thanks again very much for taking the time to help me out. I'll post my
    results here when I have any.
    Johnny, Apr 1, 2007
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    Urbabe47 Guest

    I actually have this same problem. It only happens in IE. Sometimes I only
    have one window open at the time. It happens when I click a link that opens a
    new window. The page only covers 1/4 of the window and I can't click or close
    the window at all. And it doesn't happen all the time. But it happens enough
    to where it is annoying as hell.
    Urbabe47, Aug 13, 2007
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    Don Varnau Guest

    Which version of Windows?
    Which version of Internet Explorer?

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Aug 14, 2007
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