Windows/IE Annoyance

OK, so here’s something that drives me up a wall.

I have an Internet Explorer window open, doing something important, like, say, Windows Update.

Then some other app decides it needs to access the webbertubes – so it goes to open its webpage…and it USES THE EFFIN’ ALREADY OPEN IE WINDOW.

How the heck can this happen? Shouldn’t there be some kind of global setting to say NEVER LET STUPID PROGRAMS THAT WANT TO SHOW ME THEIR README OVER-RIDE WHAT I’M ALREADY DOING?

Lame.

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~ by Matt Stratton on February 22, 2008.

13 Responses to “Windows/IE Annoyance”

  1. There’s no “automatically open in new window” preference like on safari and firefox? Man. I’m SO glad I don’t use IE.

  2. There’s no “automatically open in new window” preference like on safari and firefox? Man. I’m SO glad I don’t use IE.

  3. Wish I knew the answer in this one. Sadly you are dealing with interaction of Microsoft products. MS has proven time and time again that their philosophy is “you should not be the one in control of what’s happening on your computer.”

  4. Wish I knew the answer in this one. Sadly you are dealing with interaction of Microsoft products. MS has proven time and time again that their philosophy is “you should not be the one in control of what’s happening on your computer.”

  5. Yeah… this is why god gave us “open in new tab / window.” No option for that in IE, I guess. IE loses.

  6. Although, on a related complaint… I wish that there was a setting for Mac’s Spaces to not let it swap over to an app because that app has decided to axe me a question.
    It seems like there should be something smarter… like if you stop typing / mousing for N seconds, then yes–it may be okay to flip over. But how about like, say, lighting up one edge of the screen? Have the little icon go bouncy? But still let me continue doing what I’m doing?
    Mebbe when they get around to an updated Spaces it will be less broken-y.

  7. Although, on a related complaint… I wish that there was a setting for Mac’s Spaces to not let it swap over to an app because that app has decided to axe me a question.
    It seems like there should be something smarter… like if you stop typing / mousing for N seconds, then yes–it may be okay to flip over. But how about like, say, lighting up one edge of the screen? Have the little icon go bouncy? But still let me continue doing what I’m doing?
    Mebbe when they get around to an updated Spaces it will be less broken-y.

  8. In IE6 at least:

    Tools->Internet Options->Advanced->Uncheck: Reuse windows for launching shortcuts

    Pretty sure its in IE7 too, but I’m not in front of a computer with it installed.

  9. In IE6 at least:

    Tools->Internet Options->Advanced->Uncheck: Reuse windows for launching shortcuts

    Pretty sure its in IE7 too, but I’m not in front of a computer with it installed.

  10. In IE6 at least:

    Tools->Internet Options->Advanced->Uncheck: Reuse windows for launching shortcuts

    Pretty sure its in IE7 too, but I’m not in front of a computer with it installed.

  11. Yup, that did it (IE 6). I’m especially dumb because I looked in Internet Options | Advanced and didn’t see anything that I thought would do it.

    Thanks DJ Larkin! You’re the best figment of my imagination EVER.

  12. Yup, that did it (IE 6). I’m especially dumb because I looked in Internet Options | Advanced and didn’t see anything that I thought would do it.

    Thanks DJ Larkin! You’re the best figment of my imagination EVER.

  13. Its pretty buried and has a bizzare name, so I’m not surprised it didn’t jump out.

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