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Message 1421067 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 18:24:43 UTC

Hey - I need some help here with IE 9; hopefully someone here can point me to the solution of my problem.

All of a sudden on one of my machines, when I click a link on a web page, when I return to the page, it is not changed in color (from blue to red) to indicate it is a visited link.

For the life of me, I've searched in IE9 and can't find the setting that makes it change the color of a visited link. Can anyone point me to the correct setting in the many that IE has?

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Message 1421079 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 18:37:01 UTC - in response to Message 1421067.

Click on 'Tools', click on 'Internet options', on the 'General Tab' look for 'Appearance', click on 'Colors'.

That should get you to the right place to change these settings.

It appears it is the same for IE 8, 9, and 10.


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Message 1421128 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 19:53:34 UTC - in response to Message 1421079.

I tried that, and unchecked "Use Windows colors" (to use the colors shown for IE). That did not work for visited links, though it did set the default background color to gray from white, as expected (but not the visited link color to dark red ???).

So what do I do now?


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Message 1421135 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 19:59:43 UTC - in response to Message 1421128.

Does it only happen on the one machine, or all machines?

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Message 1421140 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 20:04:45 UTC - in response to Message 1421128.

Does this happen to all pages or some pages? Running XP? Try checking 'Accessibility Options' in 'Control Panel' for some setting change. Sometimes 'Updates' can change things. Updated recently?


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Message 1421185 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 22:19:20 UTC - in response to Message 1421140.

Running Win 7 64. All my machines are Win7 64; this is the only one that exhibits this behavior. BTW, Firefox doesn't have the same problem on the machine, so it points to some browser setting.

But which one?


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Message 1421191 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 23:09:02 UTC - in response to Message 1421185.

Is it just the one link? All other links behave correctly?

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Message 1421192 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 23:30:55 UTC - in response to Message 1421191.

The links all work, its just that when I click a link to go from page A to page B, when I get back to A, either by going bsck to it or by opening it again from Favorites, the link has not changed its color.


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Message 1421198 - Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 23:55:11 UTC - in response to Message 1421192.

Right, but is this the only link that it does that to? Or is it all links on that computer?

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Message 1421206 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 0:38:45 UTC


In Internet Options> General> Colors, verify that "Use Windows colors" is unchecked and that you've selected different colors for Visited and Unvisited.


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Message 1421208 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 0:43:48 UTC - in response to Message 1421206.

Yup, it shows Window Colors unchecked, and unvisited is blue, visited is dark red.


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Message 1421234 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 2:16:26 UTC - in response to Message 1421208.

And you haven't been muckin' about with the cookies?

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Message 1421277 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 4:51:11 UTC - in response to Message 1421208.

Yup, it shows Window Colors unchecked, and unvisited is blue, visited is dark red.


You still never answered whether there's only one specific link that is doing this or is it all links behaving like this on the computer?

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Message 1421298 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 5:59:58 UTC - in response to Message 1421277.

Yup, it shows Window Colors unchecked, and unvisited is blue, visited is dark red.


You still never answered whether there's only one specific link that is doing this or is it all links behaving like this on the computer?


Yes, I did - in the post above beginning "The links all work". Maybe I wasn't clear; the "a link" should perhaps have been "any link".

Also: I checked on my other machines; they use Windows colors. So I went back to that on this one, for consistency. But it is very late, and I'm to bed. I'll check the hues of Windows colors on my other machines tomorrow. Although on this machine, when I click a link, it turns red. It just doesn't stay that way when I come back to it...IE caches links clicked so it can show them in red, yes? Perhaps there is a cache problem here?


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Message 1421335 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 8:15:13 UTC

Under internet options, you don't by any chance have "Delete browser history on exit" or using it in "In Private Browsing mode"?

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Message 1421352 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 9:56:28 UTC

In my experience, this colour change (or not) depends on the web site being visited, not on the browser being used to visit it.

I have one browser running (it happens to be Chrome, but I've seen it with IE too), with many tabs open on different BOINC project websites.

The current CPDN BOINC message board shows:
links underlined at all times
links turn red on click
previously visited links are a different colour

This SETI message board (and most others) shows:
links underlined on rollover only
links don't change colour when clicked
previously visited links are the same colour

I think it depends what the web site designer has put in their CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) for the page. Changing colours is an older habit, now gone out of fashion.

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Message 1421392 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 12:40:35 UTC - in response to Message 1421335.

Under internet options, you don't by any chance have "Delete browser history on exit" or using it in "In Private Browsing mode"?

Cheers.


"Delete Browser History" is NOT checked.

"Private Browser mode" is not set.

Also: I found a page where links DO work properly, and some closely related pages where they don't. Could someone up on HTML please look at them and tell me what the difference is? And what I can do in my browser for it? Thanks in advance!


Links work (change color after visited) properly:

http://nh.craigslist.org/sya/

Links do not change color:

http://providence.craigslist.org/sya/

http://worcester.craigslist.org/sya/

http://boston.craigslist.org/sya/

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Message 1421394 - Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 12:43:13 UTC - in response to Message 1421352.

In my experience, this colour change (or not) depends on the web site being visited, not on the browser being used to visit it.

I have one browser running (it happens to be Chrome, but I've seen it with IE too), with many tabs open on different BOINC project websites.

The current CPDN BOINC message board shows:
links underlined at all times
links turn red on click
previously visited links are a different colour

This SETI message board (and most others) shows:
links underlined on rollover only
links don't change colour when clicked
previously visited links are the same colour

I think it depends what the web site designer has put in their CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) for the page. Changing colours is an older habit, now gone out of fashion.


I'm sure that is all true, but why would it not then apply on some of my machines, and not on this one? I did not knowingly set any option(s) which might cause it; I am just running IE9 out of the box...

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Message 1423626 - Posted: 3 Oct 2013, 16:45:56 UTC

Well, I could not find a fix for the bizarre behavior of IE 9 as chronicled above, so I found a workaround - I installed IE 10. It is behaving properly with respect to visited links in all pages I have tried since installing.

So whatever I did to screw up IE9, here's hoping I don't (re)do it to IE10.


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Message 1423656 - Posted: 3 Oct 2013, 17:33:38 UTC

IE11 coming out soon!


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