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I dislike XP's default cartoony theme, so I switched my UI theme back to classic mode. But in classic mode, using IE 6.0, often times when I have IE windows open and either open a new window or follow a link in a new window, the new window appears with no status bar (the original window retains its status bar). This automatic turning off of IE's status bar is very annoying; I have to constantly manually turn it back on after I open new windows. I don't think this is a problem in the XP theme (at least, I've never seen it while running my Guest account, which uses the XP theme), but it happens all the time in my Classic theme. Microsoft's knowledge base doesn't seem to address this at all (maybe because no one finds this problem in the default XP theme?). Does anyone know how to fix this so that all of my new IE windows always have status bars?

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Forget the mention of the classic theme, I just switched to the XP theme to test this out (I guess I should hvae done that before I posted the message, huh :eek:) and the disappearing status bar is still a problem there too.
 

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Puritan< Try going up to and clicking on VIEW (at top) next to EDIT and a drop down menu will come down then just make sure the STATUS BAR has a CHECK MARK next to it and that should do it. TOM
 

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Yeah, it has a check, my IE windows normally have status bars. It's only when I open up new windows that they often open up without status bars; the new windows uncheck the status bar option by themselves. I manually recheck the status bar options to turn them back on, but it's annoying how new windows don't remember their original settings and turn the status bar off.
 

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I get the same thing. i go to <view>....<toolbars> and click on <status bar>. But it goes away at times.

It really bothered me when I'd look in Windows Explorer and cant see the status at bottom which shows the size of the current folder or drive.

I wonder why MS dislikes the status bar so much? what do they have against it?
 

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This is from MS, see if pertains to you guys,>>If you are using Internet Explorer 5.0, you may have a system resources problem. Here is the MS knowledgebase article on the topic and a link to a patch:

SYMPTOMS
After using Internet Explorer for a while, one of the following symptoms may occur:

The menu bar may disappear.

System resources may become very low.

CAUSE
This problem can occur because of a resource leak in Internet Explorer.

RESOLUTION
A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem described in this article and should be applied only to systems experiencing this specific problem. This fix may receive additional testing at a later time, to further ensure product quality. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next that contains this fix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:

http://support.microsoft.com/directory/overview.asp
 

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I don't think that's the problem, I'm using 6.0 and it's the status bar that disappears, not the menu bar. There's no system leak, since the status bars in the new windows can easily be turned back on; I think it's just a failure of IE to remember to keep that setting on for new windows.
 

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Hi Guys, If you are sure it isn't a virus, my best guess would be that something is preventing your registry from being updated, or IE is not even attempting to edit the registry. I suspect the latter. You might try uninstalling and reinstalling IE 6 from the ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS option in CONTROL PANEL.
 

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If any of you are using XP, Then this cannot be done because it is preinstalled But there is a way out of that too, let me know how the reinstall goes?
 

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I don't think there's really any 'problem' here - I just think Microsoft screwed up. I am using XP w/IE6. If I open a window from the executable or any kind of a shortcut to IE, it's fine. This only occurs when choosing File>New Window from within the browser.
There is a registry entry that controls whether to show the status bar but looks like that is not used when opening a new windows from within an already open one.
 

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Angel. Sounds like it could be a damaged, Do you have HP SUPPORT? You may have to do a NON-DESRUCTIVE SYSTEM RECOVERY! Let me look a little further into this and get back to you! I am really curious as to HOW AND WHY things happen and especially HOW to CORRECT IT, Have to go out for awhile but will be back later! If you find out anything meanwhile (from HP) let me know, I will be in touch,
 

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Not sure why I would contact HP - would never purchase one.

I really don't think there's anything damanged - at least in my system. I checked around and looks like others are having the same problem. So, I guess here's a question... Is there anyone using Windows XP w/IE6 that doesn't have this problem? Meaning you open a window and then click File>New Window and the status bar is there by default on the New Window?
 

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Actually it is not under FILE, it should be under VIEW (drop down) Menu and it should have a check mark beside it! But i asked you guys before and you told me it was there but it was unchecking itself? Is this correct? Also I have windowsXP and have NO Problem, so far with it! I am sorry about that HP business, i kept thinking you have an HP Computer but i guess you don't!
 

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No, I'm not referring to the option to check Status Bar.
Open IE6 in XP. There's a status bar there because I chose that option. Now, in that windows, click File>New>Window. A new window opens. The original window is fine (and any windows I open using an IE shortcut are also fine) but does the new window opened from within an existing window have the status bar by default?
(And, yes, I could choose View>Status Bar in the new window but that's not really the point - shouldn't have to.)
 

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I purposely unchecked my status bar in drop down window and then repeatly went to File and Opened a new window and each time the status bar was there and when i went back up to VIEW it was CHECKED again by itself! Is your status bar UNCHECKED everytime you go back to it after trying a New window?
 

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Every time I choose File>New Window from within an existing window, the status bar is not there nor checked.
Every time I open IE from any kind of shortcut, the status bar is always there and checked.
I never have to go fix it as is only affects windows opened from within an existing window.
Ex. I open IE (window1). Status bar is there. Go to File>New Window and a new window opens (window2). Status bar is not there. I open IE again from shortcut (window3) and status bar is there.

I have not tried it by setting mine to not show the status bar (as you did) to see what happens with a new window. Cannot until tonight.
 

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Try it tonight and meanwhile i will be looking into it with others to see what we can come up with, If anyone out there as any ideas on this matter please post, I will be in touch.
 
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