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Windows 7: can't use internet after using minimizing button

02 Nov 2012   #1
georgex

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can't use internet after using minimizing button

When I push the minimizing button to put a window in the taskbar it goes on top of the internet explorer button and so in order to use the internet I have to push the explorer button which brings the window that I minimized back up. I should be able to have several windows in the taskbar so I minimiZe and bring windows up whenever it suites my purpose. Whats up?


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02 Nov 2012   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by georgex View Post
When I push the minimizing button to put a window in the taskbar it goes on top of the internet explorer button and so in order to use the internet I have to push the explorer button which brings the window that I minimized back up. I should be able to have several windows in the taskbar so I minimiZe and bring windows up whenever it suites my purpose. Whats up?
If you open a new tab on IE to go to a new website, you won't have but one IE browser open but will have several tabs. This way you will not have more than one instance of IE open at a time and thus only one on the taskbar.
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03 Nov 2012   #3
georgex

windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by georgex View Post
When I push the minimizing button to put a window in the taskbar it goes on top of the internet explorer button and so in order to use the internet I have to push the explorer button which brings the window that I minimized back up. I should be able to have several windows in the taskbar so I minimiZe and bring windows up whenever it suites my purpose. Whats up?
If you open a new tab on IE to go to a new website, you won't have but one IE browser open but will have several tabs. This way you will not have more than one instance of IE open at a time and thus only one on the taskbar.
I'm lost. First what is an IE? Then how do I go about setting it up so that I can use the minimize button to minimize running web sites and bring them up when needed. Or do I always have to cancel the webpage to get backl to the internet. Maybe I didn't explainl this right. So I'll start over: When I want to minimize a unning web page and push the minimizing button it goes down to the taskbar and rests on the internet explorer button. So in order to use the internet explorer I have to bring the the web page again and push the x in the upper right hand corner to leave the web page. Then I can use the internet. Why can't I minimize the running web page and place somewhere else besides on the internet exporer button so I can bring it up by pushing a button? Even the older computers will do that so why doesn't widndows seven do it?
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03 Nov 2012   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by georgex View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by georgex View Post
When I push the minimizing button to put a window in the taskbar it goes on top of the internet explorer button and so in order to use the internet I have to push the explorer button which brings the window that I minimized back up. I should be able to have several windows in the taskbar so I minimiZe and bring windows up whenever it suites my purpose. Whats up?
If you open a new tab on IE to go to a new website, you won't have but one IE browser open but will have several tabs. This way you will not have more than one instance of IE open at a time and thus only one on the taskbar.
I'm lost. First what is an IE? Then how do I go about setting it up so that I can use the minimize button to minimize running web sites and bring them up when needed. Or do I always have to cancel the webpage to get backl to the internet. Maybe I didn't explainl this right. So I'll start over: When I want to minimize a unning web page and push the minimizing button it goes down to the taskbar and rests on the internet explorer button. So in order to use the internet explorer I have to bring the the web page again and push the x in the upper right hand corner to leave the web page. Then I can use the internet. Why can't I minimize the running web page and place somewhere else besides on the internet exporer button so I can bring it up by pushing a button? Even the older computers will do that so why doesn't widndows seven do it?
IE is Internet Explorer........When you open it you will see a "plus mark" next to the page you are on. Click that and you can go to a different web page. You can then have more than one website open at a time. Is this what you are asking?
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03 Nov 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Or just go into your start menu and click on internet explorer again, but you should be using tabs, as suggested. You could have 20 windows (random number) open if you want.

There`s no plus mark, just a small tab next to the last current tab on the right at the top of the window.

Here is an example of 9 windows open, can you see them across the top ?
Do you have tabs enabled ?
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04 Nov 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

AddRam is correct. The plus mark is on Firefox not IE, my mistake.
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04 Nov 2012   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Georgex.
All you need do when you have one icon in the taskbar on top of another is just rest your curser on the icons and thumbnails of all your open tabs will appear!
See this screenshot:
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04 Nov 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Do any of you remember if IE v6 had tabbed browsing? I was not aware of it until IE v8. Just curious if I missed it or it was not there then. Thanks,
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04 Nov 2012   #9
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just checked an old machine that has IE6 installed. Definitely no tabbing. It has big green back and forward buttons. Can't remember IE7 but wasn't that the version we all tried to avoid?
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04 Nov 2012   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks for the research Mithchell65. It assures me that I am not "losing it". I never tried IE 7 because of some reason, it must be like you say.
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