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The other strange thing is that the problem seems to come and go. The menu option is never greyed out, it just doesn't do anything.
Any ideas as to what would cause this? I think I will loose my mind going a whole day without peeking at other people's code. :)
1) You are talking about fully downloaded pages, right?
2) You said that clicking on View Source does nothing at all. The text editor doesn't even open, even blank? But it does open on other pages.
3) Is this random, or do the same URLs always show the same behavior?
1 - yes, fully downloaded web pages
2 - clicking 'edit' on the tool bar, the 'view source' is disabled.
3 - right clicking on the page, the 'view source' is disabled
4 - it does not happen on every web page, but it does on the majority of them
5 - yes, the same URL's always exhibit the same behavior
6 - yes, I'm using IE 5.5
Has anyone else out there experienced the same problem?
Does anyone have any answers?
ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
The only way I can "save" the page is from "Temporary Internet Files", but that is not the point. My browser is not working right because it is disabling some features I should have and I just wanted to know if anyone else was experiencing this same problem, and if they are, is there a fix?
Thanks for the reply and suggestion, though!! I appreciate it.
Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
View Source Editor\Editor Name] and see what's listed. You can specify your own editor by adding a string value (REG_SZ) and providing the path to your editor. You must use the DOS LFN trick, ie: c:\Program Files\ becomes c:\Progra~1\
Once again, messing with your registry can result in a disaster. I'm sure most of you have edited it at some point. Just be careful. You might have to reboot.
I really don't know what the relation is between source viewer and temporary internet files. The layout above mirrors my registry, as far as I know this should be common to all win machines. Perhaps others who can view source ok can confirm this?
I am running Win98 IE5.5 sp2.
I do *not* have the reg key you mention. My view source works fine (with notepad). I searched my reg for "notepad" and the only place I found it was for the "Edit" function under the "file" menu.
As far as deleting the temporary files to fix the view source, it seems that IE tries to create a temp file for the source code. If your IE temp directory is full, this function does not clean out old files to make room; The request just fails!
I guess I should have set this thread to email notification. It's at least nice to know that it seems to be just another MS bug of some kind.
The problem doesn't happen as often as it used to, but it did happen last week. I'm pretty diligent about cleaning out my temporary files regularly, so I think it's probably a combination of things. I'm going to set up a daily maintenance run to automatically clean out everything to see if it will go away completely.