IE Malfunctioning – Or Is It?

    August 12, 2003

Reader Question:

I have Windows XP home edition with IE ver.6.0 installed on it. My problem is with the IE icon in the bottom toolbar – it will not keep multiple windows open. If I click the back button to access a previous site, the present window closes, meaning I have to retype the address of that site in , or use the drop-down menu, in order to access it again. Any advice? Thanks!

Carey’s Response:

That is the way IE works. Everything here seems normal. Just use the Forward button to return to the previous site after using the back button, or right-click the mouse on a link and choose Open In New Window.

Everything sounds like it’s working just the way it was designed…


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