It took me forever to finally upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, because I knew there still had to be bugs with it. After all, it seems no one can double check their programming these days, or even get an independent contractor to check the programming out.
Well after a recent format, and internal upgrades, I decided to take the plunge, and download the dang thing… only to discover something strange and new, and not all together awesome.
I opened up my Internet Explorer to go to a webpage to discover, everything that was grey was now black. I couldn’t see my Roboform, or any text, no “file, tools” etc. I closed it thinking it was some sort of a glitch. I re-opened Internet Explorer to discover it was still there, these creepy, annoying black bars.
I did some hunting around my settings to discover how to remove the black bars in IE8.
Before proceeding with the following steps, you will need to do a backup of your theme settings. This is very easy too so no worries. Simply right click your desktop, and select “Properties” and under your “Themes” tab click “Save As.” Find a location you wish to save the theme in, and click on “Save.” You can (as a time saver) leave that window open, as we will be coming back to it.
You will need to go to your Control Panel, so go to the “Start” button and select settings, and then “Control Panel”. Once you are in your Control Panel, click on “Accessibly Options”. A window will pop up, click on the “Display” tab. Right there at the top of that tab is the “High Contrast” selection. Tick that box then press “Apply.” (Do not close this window.) As soon as you do this, your screen will turn really weird looking, go right back to that window, and untick that box, and press “Apply” again, and things will be back to normal.
The only problem with this fix, is it’s not permanent. Eventually you will run into the problem again, and have to repeat these steps to fix it.
Now that you have removed the black bars in Internet Explorer, you need to put your background back. In the “Display Properties” window that hopefully you didn’t close, click on the drop down menu and select “Browse.” Find that theme you saved just before we began fixing the black bars in IE8. Then click “open” and press “Apply.”
You may notice your sounds have reset to the default windows sounds, if this is the case, you will need to go to your control panel, click on “Sounds and Audio Devices.” Click on the “Sounds” tab, and select whatever option you wish, and press “Apply”. Everything is now back as it should be.