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HELP! Teeny Tiny Text Field Boxes in Internet Explorer 8 (see screenshots)

By christee8 ·
I am having the strangest problem which seems to have started occurring either directly after installing Internet Explorer 8, or soon after installing it. I noticed it when i visited Google to search for something- the text field box (where you enter your search term) was, like, really, really tiny. Really tiny. To the point that you cannot see at all what you are typing into it (you have to click the link below to see what i am talking about- it's crazy!). In addition to the text field boxes, the accompanying "ENTER"/"APPLY"/"OK"/"GO"/etc buttons are just as itty bitty. At first i thought it was a problem with Google (i know, i know- how could i ever assume that the problem was related to anyone other than Microsoft/ I.E?! haha). But, as it turned out (surprise!) it wasn't just Google- on every website that has that same text field box, the box (and button) is teeny tiny, itty bitty. And i cannot figure out what the problem is??!!

Yes, i went through all the necessary motions- deleting cookies, temp. Internet files...etc, etc- most importantly, i checked all of my font settings and such- even my system wide settings in addition to my "Internet Options" settings. Everything is fine. I have no style sheets or anything like that. It is really bizarre, and i have been searching & searching & i haven't yet found anyone else experiencing the same problem(?) Can someone please help me...

CLICK FOLLOWING LINKS TO SEE SCREEN SHOTS:

LINK 1: http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/4072/tinyboxesgoogle.jpg

LINK 2:
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/6249/moretinyboxes.jpg

EDIT NEW LINK:
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2633/techrepublictinyboxes.jpg

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Try this First

by BFilmFan In reply to HELP! Teeny Tiny Text Fie ...

Open IE 8.

Select Tools.

Internet Options.

Advanced Tab.

In the section labeled Reset Internet Explorer settings on the bottom, click the Reset button.

Close IE.

Reopen and see if the issue is resolved.

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Last resort?

by nalmasy In reply to Try this First

Resetting IE affects a lot of settings--isn't there a way to "narrow down" the problem (to the tiny width of the one text box that ie8 renders...)
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Reset Internet Explorer to the default settings
By resetting Internet Explorer settings, you return it to the state it was in when it was first installed on your computer. This is useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings that were changed after installation. When you delete personal settings, some webpages that rely on previously stored cookies, form data, passwords, or previously installed browser add-ons might not work correctly. Resetting Internet Explorer to its default settings does not delete your favorites, feeds, Web Slices, and a few other personalized settings. See the table below for a complete list of all settings and information about whether they are reset or maintained.

Resetting Internet Explorer's settings is not reversible. After a reset, all previous settings are lost and cannot be recovered. Rather than resetting everything, you might want to reset specific settings or delete your webpage history. For more information, see the links at the bottom of this topic.

The following table describes what will happen to various settings when you reset Internet Explorer.

Settings categories Items affected
Settings that are deleted Disabled toolbars and add-ons
Websites added to intranet, trusted, or restricted zones
Websites added for special cookie handling under the Privacy tab
Websites allowed to use pop-ups under Pop-up Blocker settings

Settings that are reset to Windows, manufacturer, Internet provider, or corporate defaults Home page (for more information on backing up your home page tabs, click Related Topics)
Search providers, tabbed browsing settings
Colors, languages, fonts, and accessibility settings (General tab)
Security settings for all zones (Security tab)
Advanced tab settings
Privacy tab settings
Pop-up blocker, AutoComplete, SmartScreen Filter, and Zoom settings
Page setup, toolbar, and text size settings
Feeds settings (sync and notification, not feeds themselves)
ActiveX controls that are not on the pre-approved list (reset to opt-in state)
Toolbars, browser helper objects, and browser extensions are disabled

Settings that are deleted (Delete personal settings is selected) Browser history, temporary Internet files, cookies, form data, and stored passwords
Typed URL information, menu extensions
InPrivate Filtering data
Explorer most recently used list

Settings and items that are maintained Favorites
Feeds and Web Slices
Content Advisor settings
Pre-approved ActiveX controls
Temporary Internet file (cache) path settings
Certificate information
Internet Programs (e-mail, instant messenger, and other programs associated with Internet use)
Internet connection, proxy, and VPN settings
Default web browser setting
Toolbars are not restored

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No, it is the first thing you should be doing........

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Last resort?

After all, it DOES say:

This is useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings that were changed after installation.

When you don't know which setting is causing the problem, the quickest way to diagnose it is to reset to the original settings and begin reapplying the personalized settings one at a time until you discover which one is the culprit.

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. . .but if you want to put your settings back afterward . . .

by nalmasy In reply to No, it is the first thing ...

. . .you should make note of how they were set beforehand.

Is there a really EASY way to accomplish this?

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Tiny Search Boxes ( SOLVED )

by konn In reply to . . .but if you want to ...

Goto tools\Internet Options\Advanced and Un-check the option for " Enable Visual Styles on buttons and controls in webpages ".

ENJOY!!!

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NO!!!, THIS IS THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD BE DOING !!!

by konn In reply to No, it is the first thing ...

Goto tools\Internet Options\Advanced and Un-check the option for " Enable Visual Styles on buttons and controls in webpages ".

ENJOY!!!

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Question regarding particular settings being affected...

by christee8 In reply to Last resort?

ahh... ok so, i just need a little more clarity on a few things- first thing, you say that upon clicking the "RESET" button, my various add-ons & toolbars (such as my google toolbar) will be DISABLED but NOT deleted- so, all i have to do is go back into the "Add-On Manager" and re-enable them, correct? Also, when they are re-enabled, will THEIR individual settings remain the same as before? They will not be affected by this? So, for example, my "custom google toolbar buttons" will still be there?

Also, you mentioned that Search Provider settings would be affected- will i also lose all of the additional search providers i have added to my search box?

Thanks again for your time & for helping me with this rather bizarre problem

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Tiny Search Boxes ( SOLVED )

by konn In reply to Last resort?

Goto tools\Internet Options\Advanced and Un-check the option for " Enable Visual Styles on buttons and controls in webpages ".

ENJOY!!!

KRS

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just some quick questions before i try this :)

by christee8 In reply to Try this First

ok- while in "Internet Options", under the "ADVANCED" tab, there are 2 buttons used for resetting- one of them says "Reset Advanced Settings" (which im guessing will specifically be resetting only those settings which appear under the "ADVANCED" tab); the other button, which is the one you are, I think, referring to, reads "RESET"- next to which is a warning that reads "You should only use this if your browser is in an unusable state".

Also, i read your other reply detailing which settings will be affected by this- (thanks for that, i seriously appreciate the time and effort that so mnany people are willing to put into helping others on forums such as this)- but i just want to be sure that the only settings affected are the ones found under "Internet Options"- and by "resetting" it means "resetting back to default settings", right? Im only asking questions that seem repetitive & maybe stupid just to be sure- that little warning has me a little nervous- i just don't understand why they have that warning if it only resets things back to the default settings(?) Again, thanks for your help- im going to re-read your other post(s), wait for a possible reply to this and then try your advice- thanks again!

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THIS FIRST!!! ABOVE ALL!!!

by konn In reply to Try this First

Goto tools\Internet Options\Advanced and Un-check the option for " Enable Visual Styles on buttons and controls in webpages ".

ENJOY!!!

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