IE opening a lot of blank windows

  Barnacarry 16:59 31 Jul 2007

Whenever I click on a link in IE it seems to flash through a lot of windows and I can end up with 6/7 blank windows plus the one I wanted. Any ideas?

  X™ 17:19 31 Jul 2007

I used to get that problem, did you download any toolbars at all? This causes it sometimes. Try uninstalling it. Is it IE6 or IE7? Thanks.

  X™ 17:20 31 Jul 2007

This is a cure apparently. Click Start, Run type or paste in regsvr32 /s urlmon.dll and hit enter.

  X™ 17:22 31 Jul 2007

IE6 opens blank (empty) windows
Try disabling *all* other programmes, including virus scanners, to see if there is an improvement. If not, proceed as follows:

You probably have a broken entry in file associations.

Go to my computer, view/folder options/file types (or control panel, folder options depending on your operating system).

Scroll down to the URL:Hypertext Transfer Protocols, click edit twice and make sure the following is in the application used to perform action box:


The same applies for URL:Gopher

DDE should be set to: "%1",,-1,0,,,,
Application should say: IExplore
DDE application not running should be blank
Topic should be: WWW_OpenURL

Mike Burgess MVP was kind enough to point out to me the other day that 'open in new window' is dependent on the following files, therefore you should ensure they are the correct version for your system, and correctly registered.

Run the following commands from start/run. Run each line individually. After each run, you should see a short message stating the command was successful. The first command is the one most likely to work.

regsvr32 Urlmon.dll

regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll

regsvr32 Shell32.dll (only applicable to Windows ME, Windows 2000 and XP - if using an earlier operating system, run regsvr32 shdoc401.dll)

regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll

Some people have noted that replacing urlmon.dll or oleaut32.dll with the versions that came with their operating system has helped. I would not try this except as a last resort.

Note: If the IE repair tool is available to you (control panel, add/remove programs, highlight IE, select add/remove) - running a repair will often fix the above associations automatically.

Further note:

I thought installing Mozilla 0.9.2 (which, may I say, is damned SLOW to start up) was quite a polite event, especially considering the fact that I didn't allow it to take over any defaults as part of the install.

But still, I discovered that hyperlinks in emails weren't working properly anymore - IE was opening, but just to a blank window. No attempt to access the URL was made.

Somehow or other, WWW_OpenURL disappeared out of 'topic' in the default open action for the URL:Hypertext Transfer protocols and Gopher - nothing else was out of whack - go figure :-/

Some knowledge base articles addressing the blank window problem are:

Browser Window Is Blank After You Install First Aid 98 [Q182038]
click here;EN-US;Q182038

Current Web Page Is Blank After Opening an Outlook:// URL [Q257136]
click here;EN-US;Q257136

That is pretty much self-explanatory.

  X™ 17:23 31 Jul 2007

Try restoring defults in IE, Internet tools, Resotre defults.

Just tell me to shut up, and I'll stop posting, lol.

  Barnacarry 17:28 31 Jul 2007

Just got back. Thanks for the replies and I can see that I shall be at this a while. I'll you all know how I get on.

  Barnacarry 17:29 31 Jul 2007

Sorry, should have said that it is IE7.

  Barnacarry 17:35 31 Jul 2007

Sorry X™. that didn't work and I'm now I getting a warning box saying
'Windows cannot find '(Null)' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and then click search'

  X™ 17:40 31 Jul 2007

Did you try resetting defults?

  Barnacarry 17:48 31 Jul 2007

Hi X™. In the file types I don't have 'URL:Hypertext Transfer Protocols'. The only one that I have is 'URL: Internet shortcut'

  Barnacarry 17:49 31 Jul 2007

Will try resetting defaults now.

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