What happened to the File Menu?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Tom Stepanski, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. Tom Stepanski

    Mark Tangard Guest

    IE7 seems to have a few nice additions in keyboard shortcuts, but the two that
    I'd be happiest to use seem to be asleep on my PC:

    CTRL+Click - Open links in a new tab in the background
    CTRL+SHIFT+Click - Open links in a new tab in the foreground

    My PC is a recent, unadorned, WinXP SP2 desktop and I run nothing out of the
    ordinary. When I try the first shorcut, nothing happens. When I try the second
    shortcut, EITHER nothing happens, OR, *if* my homepage is open, it becomes the
    active tab.

    I can't discern any pattern beyond this. I've tried disabling and re-enabling
    the 'Always switch to new tabs when they are created' setting, with no luck, and
    I don't see any other adjustments that might address this. No add-ons.

    I've seen posts from others saying these two shortcuts work "backwards" for them
    (the former does the latter, and v.v.). I could actually handle that, but
    that's not what's going on. Help?

    'Preciate any clues.

    Mark Tangard
    Mark Tangard, Jan 30, 2007
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  2. Tom Stepanski

    PA Bear Guest

    Does this behavior persist if you start IE7 in No Add-ons mode?

    To start IE7 in No Add-ons mode:

    1. Right-click on the blue IE desktop icon and select Start without Add-ons;

    2. Start > (All) Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer
    (No add-ons).


    Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:
    PA Bear, Jan 30, 2007
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  3. Tom Stepanski

    Mark Tangard Guest

    Hi PA. Yes, I tried that; no change.

    Mark Tangard, Jan 30, 2007
  4. Tom Stepanski

    PA Bear Guest

    You may have a horked install of IE7. I suggest reading the following


    ....and then uninstalling and reinstalling IE7 per Sandi's tips, and using
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx as the installation source,
    not Automatic/Windows Update.

    Also see:

    IEBlog : IE7 (Un)Installation and Anti-Malware Applications

    What's New in Internet Explorer 7
    PA Bear, Jan 31, 2007
  5. Tom Stepanski

    Mark Tangard Guest

    Well, if it was horked before, it still is. There's one difference:
    CTRL+Click, which previously did nothing, now does the same as CTRL+SHIFT+Click,
    which is to open my homepage (still wrong); and while it used to do that only if
    the homepage was already open, it now does it regardless, and opens it in a
    entirely new second IE window.

    This is after 2 complete reinstalls including the extra reboots, closing every
    last program, and following the other tips.

    Anything else I can try? This is an extremely generic machine. Even the mouse
    is Microsoft's own....

    Mark Tangard
    Mark Tangard, Jan 31, 2007

  6. What is your video card and if it is nVidia are you using its auxiliary features?



    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Jan 31, 2007
  7. Tom Stepanski

    Mark Tangard Guest

    Hi Robert. Interesting question. Yes, the card is an nVidia. I didn't know it
    had auxiliary features, but I looked. Desktop Manager (the feature discussed in
    the thread at your link) was disabled. Are there other features that interfere?
    I did try *enabling* it; the behavior didn't change: Ctrl+clicking and
    Ctrl+Shift+clicking on a link in a webpage both still just open my home page in
    a new active window.

    Most of the discussion at your link is about the inability to multiselect in
    lists on the web. I hadn't even thought about that (guess I don't do it much),
    but are the 2 issues related? Ctrl+Click for multiselecting is a pretty
    standard shortcut, no? Offhand I can't think of a site that invites it or I'd
    test it.

    I appreciate the continuing input. This seems just to get more & more bizarre.

    Mark Tangard
    Mark Tangard, Feb 1, 2007

  8. Yes. Do a search for ctrl nvidia Another symptom that I can recall
    it was involved with was causing a new window to open instead of a new tab.

    Again, I think that the other discussions had examples included.

    Quirky is the word that I use for stuff like this. ; )

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 1, 2007
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