Most bars are black

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Miles, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Miles

    Miles Guest

    Have IE8 on WinXP and all of the top bars are black except the
    navigation bar. The bar at the bottom of the screen is grey.

    The black bars I can see some icons and on some can click in various
    locations and a drop down menu appears.

    This occurred once while using previous version but corrected itself
    and it's been this way for some months since upgrading to IE8.
    Fortunately I've been using Firefox so only notice the problem when
    must use IE due to a site being poorly written and can't be read in

    Have reset IE, but no change. And opened with add-ons uninstalled and
    then with them installed. No change. Can't find anything in Help.
    Any info would be appreciated.
    Miles, Dec 24, 2010
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  2. Miles

    Don Varnau Guest

    Don Varnau, Dec 24, 2010
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  3. Right Click on the Desktop, choose Properties. Go to the General Tab and set
    the Theme to Classic. Go to the Appearance Tab and set the appearance to

    Click Apply, then OK.

    Check your IE. If okay, then revisit the Desktop Properties and make the
    settings you prefer.
    Jeff Strickland, Dec 25, 2010
  4. Miles

    Miles Guest

    * Jeff Strickland wrote, On 24-Dec-10 17:58:
    Thank you both, Don & Jeff!! Don's link pointed out several methods
    to something that MSFT apparently doesn't have the ability to repair
    and Jeff's method was a quick fix.

    I changed the theme from one I had created several years ago that has
    all of the preferred setups to Windows Classic, and all was fine in
    IE8. Then changed the theme back and all continues OK, and hopefully
    will not return -- but if it does I know the quick fix.

    Miles, Dec 25, 2010
  5. You're good to go. No more trouble, but if there is then you have the quick

    I never saw the black menu bars when everybody else was complaining of them.
    Then one day out of the blue, black menus. I don't remember what caused them
    and using IE to look for the cure was painful indeed because the menu bars
    were difficult to read. I think I got them when changing my monitor, so I
    went into the tabs I told you about and changed the settings.

    Then changed them back. No troubles since. Ironically, Windows Classic is my
    preferred setting, but when I set my Desktop Picture, I end up with Windows
    Classic (modified). There's no arguing with mother nature, so I accept the
    modified setting because I have everything else I want.
    Jeff Strickland, Dec 25, 2010
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