IE 6 opens favorites in different window

David Waldmann

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Feb 6, 2002
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Does anyone know why IE 6 sometimes likes to open a Favorites link in a window other than the active one? It never opens a NEW window, but if I have two or more open it may open it in one of the others rather than the one I click on it in.

It may only be from the "Links" bar, as that is what I use most often and is where I've noticed it. Also, I'm using the "Google Bar", so I suppose it's possible that is somehow interfering. I'd just like to know if anyone else is having the same problem or any ideas why.

This is IE 6.0.2600 on XP Pro.

If <U>you</U> don't know why that's happening, what makes you think any of the rest of would? You're usually the one answering OUR questions.

I have been unable to duplicate your problem. (Really I only tried a couple of times.) I'm using the same version of IE, but on Windows ME. Since nearly anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong with Windows ME, I'm guessing it has something to do with your Google Bar.
Since it's been brought up, does anyone see any reason for me to upgrade to IE 6? I'm perfectly happy with 5.00.2919, and knock on wood, everything's been really quiet and running well for months. Should I screw it up?

I'm Win98 SE.
Maybe it's just me, but I had so much trouble with the IE6 that I uninstalled it after three days. The most irritating glitch was that the computer would get to the 'Windows is shutting down' screen and just sit there - for hours!!!

Haven't had any problems since I made it go away.

I myself am trying to learn to resist the primal urge to "upgrade." My #1 A-Team computer has been reverted back to the Windows 98 SE that it came with. It was never really happy with Windows ME and I don't even want to think about XP (as an upgrade.)

If IE 5.0 has been working for you, I see no reason to change and several reasons not to. Perhaps the key phrase here should be "leave well-enough alone."
The early version of IE6 were buggy and caused problems for some of my clients.

ME was an absolute toilet.

Win98SE was fairly stable and my personal favorite.

We run win98SE at the frame shop with Lifesaver in a networked environment, and WinXP at home.

XP is very stable, but some programs and drivers (digital cameras, USB devices, etc) don't have reliable drivers yet. XP is good if you have a nice fast computer with a lot of RAM, but otherwise 98SE is fantastic. I didn't want to gamble with XP for the point of sale network, just in case. A good rule of thumb with anything from Microsoft is to wait for the service pack to come out before upgrading, because they usually have major bugs in the initial release.

It all comes down to what you're comfortable with, I guess.
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