If I am not signed into Google I cannot access my bookmarks or e-mail(I use Googlemail). There is a little dot at the far right hand corner of the toolbar that is green when I am signed in but at the moment as soon as I open IE8 and my home page appears this dot is grey and I have to sign in to my account before I can access bookmarks and googlemail etc.
This has only started happening lately prior to this I just signed in once and was always signed in.
On your Gmail account have you ticked the 'stay signed in' box,and ticked ok for IE to remember yor password.Then you have access to e-mail and google account. Otherwise it is as BT says.(13/03/11..16:56),you do not sign in for accesss to toolbar or bookmarks/favourites.
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