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

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

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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    BFilmFan

    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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    nalmasy

    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...)
    ------------------------------------------
    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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    ThumbsUp2

    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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    nalmasy

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

    Is there a really EASY way to accomplish this?

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    konn

    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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    konn

    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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    christee8

    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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    konn

    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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    christee8

    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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    konn

    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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    sreemoy.talukdar

    Hi Christee8
    I am from India and I am facing the exact problem. I searched my brains out for a month before I finally someone found someone with a similar issue. Can anyone please help...!

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    christee8

    wholly sheet(!), i cannot BELIEVE there are others out there, haha! I was absolutely convinced i was the only one with this problem, bc i too have searched so many forums only to come up empty- i was like "it figures i am the only moron out there with this bizarre problem - i mean,'ridiculously teeny-tiny text boxes'(?)- this is an odity that only i could somehow create!"

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    Jye75

    And this is with the official release version. Even after resetting my browser settings. I can't even see what I am typing right now in this reply box. Anyone else have this problem? I'm going back to IE7 until further notice.

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    ughgygvtygvgyg

    I Had the same problem, I installed the Final version and said WTF is going on? this is the final not a beta or RC. I did some Googling but no help. I then later realised it was WindowBlinds that was causing IE8 to display incorrectly. If your running WindowBlinds or a custom theme disable it and Internet Explorer 8 works like normal.

    Hope this helps solve your problem.

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    sreemoy.talukdar

    thanks mate. yes, i do run windowblinds... but it never occurred to me that could be the reason...
    thanks again mate

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    sdfdfsdfsdfds

    I'm glad to be of assistance :).

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    Jye75

    Yes, that was it!

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    christee8

    EEEWWW! NO! damn it- i don't use Windows Blinds, but i do use Visual Styles with the uxtheme patch- this sucks- i don't waaaant this to be the problem... T^T ~sniff sniff~
    It figures though- it's ridiculous to begin with that Microsoft is not willing to go beyond the 3 boring, not to mention hideous (most especially when faced with the thousands of much more beautiful alternatives available) Visual Styles that come with Windows XP.

    So,i have to choose between form (aesthetics) vs function... between having a sleek & sexy visual style, but with I.E displaying teeny-tiny text boxes/buttons on various sites ... OR ... I.E functioning just fine- no itty bitty boxes- BUT looking as boring and ugLEEE as ever...

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    Jye75

    Try this to fix those pesky tiny boxes:

    <Tools>, <Internet Options>, <Advanced>, then scroll to "Enable visual styles on buttons and controls in webpages" and uncheck it. Restart IE, and your boxes should look normal. :-)

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    christee8

    oh my god- you GENIUS! haha FINALLY a solution- phew- i am so glad that i did not have to (a)give up my visual styles [albeit a few minor elements of them on buttons & such] and (b)reset my internet options settings...awesome- thanks for pointing out this rather obvious solution- i cannot believe i did not realize or think about this myself- awesome, awesome, so glad this "pesky" issue is fixed- though it is so annoying that we even have to go through such nonsense just to make Windows XP look good- quite frankly, they make it a big pain in the arse, haha, where if they would just accept & embrace Visual Styles there wouldn't be such bitter resentment... but anyway- off topic- THANKS AGAIN SO, SO MUCH- i will just have to sacrifice pretty buttons, that's all!

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    bank1979

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH TOO >> barryenglish75@... ei ei

    you've made my day ^^

    stay cool

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    konn

    THIS IS THE TRUE SOLUTION. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    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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    Kentws7

    Same issue but I do not have WindowsBlind. I disabled visual stylesheet and even removed a theme from Control panel and reset my ie settings back to default and I still have the same issue. It???s like I hit a hot key and now my ie8 is teeny tiny.

    There is No WindowsBlind icon in taskbar or off Start menu, or at least I can not find it.

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    BFilmFan

    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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    nalmasy

    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...)
    ------------------------------------------
    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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    ThumbsUp2

    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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    nalmasy

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

    Is there a really EASY way to accomplish this?

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    konn

    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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    konn

    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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    christee8

    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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    konn

    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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    christee8

    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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    konn

    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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    sreemoy.talukdar

    Hi Christee8
    I am from India and I am facing the exact problem. I searched my brains out for a month before I finally someone found someone with a similar issue. Can anyone please help...!

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    christee8

    wholly sheet(!), i cannot BELIEVE there are others out there, haha! I was absolutely convinced i was the only one with this problem, bc i too have searched so many forums only to come up empty- i was like "it figures i am the only moron out there with this bizarre problem - i mean,'ridiculously teeny-tiny text boxes'(?)- this is an odity that only i could somehow create!"

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    Jye75

    And this is with the official release version. Even after resetting my browser settings. I can't even see what I am typing right now in this reply box. Anyone else have this problem? I'm going back to IE7 until further notice.

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    ughgygvtygvgyg

    I Had the same problem, I installed the Final version and said WTF is going on? this is the final not a beta or RC. I did some Googling but no help. I then later realised it was WindowBlinds that was causing IE8 to display incorrectly. If your running WindowBlinds or a custom theme disable it and Internet Explorer 8 works like normal.

    Hope this helps solve your problem.

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    sreemoy.talukdar

    thanks mate. yes, i do run windowblinds... but it never occurred to me that could be the reason...
    thanks again mate

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    sdfdfsdfsdfds

    I'm glad to be of assistance :).

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    Jye75

    Yes, that was it!

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    christee8

    EEEWWW! NO! damn it- i don't use Windows Blinds, but i do use Visual Styles with the uxtheme patch- this sucks- i don't waaaant this to be the problem... T^T ~sniff sniff~
    It figures though- it's ridiculous to begin with that Microsoft is not willing to go beyond the 3 boring, not to mention hideous (most especially when faced with the thousands of much more beautiful alternatives available) Visual Styles that come with Windows XP.

    So,i have to choose between form (aesthetics) vs function... between having a sleek & sexy visual style, but with I.E displaying teeny-tiny text boxes/buttons on various sites ... OR ... I.E functioning just fine- no itty bitty boxes- BUT looking as boring and ugLEEE as ever...

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    Jye75

    Try this to fix those pesky tiny boxes:

    <Tools>, <Internet Options>, <Advanced>, then scroll to "Enable visual styles on buttons and controls in webpages" and uncheck it. Restart IE, and your boxes should look normal. :-)

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    christee8

    oh my god- you GENIUS! haha FINALLY a solution- phew- i am so glad that i did not have to (a)give up my visual styles [albeit a few minor elements of them on buttons & such] and (b)reset my internet options settings...awesome- thanks for pointing out this rather obvious solution- i cannot believe i did not realize or think about this myself- awesome, awesome, so glad this "pesky" issue is fixed- though it is so annoying that we even have to go through such nonsense just to make Windows XP look good- quite frankly, they make it a big pain in the arse, haha, where if they would just accept & embrace Visual Styles there wouldn't be such bitter resentment... but anyway- off topic- THANKS AGAIN SO, SO MUCH- i will just have to sacrifice pretty buttons, that's all!

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    bank1979

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH TOO >> barryenglish75@... ei ei

    you've made my day ^^

    stay cool

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    konn

    THIS IS THE TRUE SOLUTION. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    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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    Kentws7

    Same issue but I do not have WindowsBlind. I disabled visual stylesheet and even removed a theme from Control panel and reset my ie settings back to default and I still have the same issue. It???s like I hit a hot key and now my ie8 is teeny tiny.

    There is No WindowsBlind icon in taskbar or off Start menu, or at least I can not find it.