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Link buttons not visible on web pages


Sometimes I cannot see the link button/box on a web page (i.e. "Next" or "Submit"); not even the outline of the button/box. I have to move the cursor around the blank areas of the entire screen until the arrow becomes a hand, indicating that I've located a link button/box. However, even then there is no description saying what that button/box does when clicked. How can I make these links visible to me?

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Hello, Tsherman. Check here: Go to internet options> advanced tab > make sure the box is checked next to "Enable visual styles on buttons and controls in webpages". Let me know if that helps

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Link buttons not visible on web pages


hllstrHUNTER, that box (unfortunately) was already checked. Good suggestion though.

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Hello Tisherman,

Are you using your own customized settings in IE's general tab "font", "color", or accessibility sections (buttons)?

Keep in mind that some sites can control this and may have chosen to override or not show them. This may be planned and site should be considered suspicious or in the least user unfriendly. Another possibility is poorly scripted/color choices for the site owner.

If not the above how about the below:

>"underline links" setting:

Make sure it is set to "always"
http://malektips.com/internet-explor...derlining.html

There is another setting that may help and it is called hoover color. This is enabled via IE's tools>options>general>colors button. Make sure windows colors is checked and if you want live links to show up in a different color when you hover the mouse over them click enable hoover color. Personally I don't use this but it is an option and a user preference.

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If this is just a few sites it may help to see them if you right click and "select all" to highlight everything on the page. Any seemingly invisible buttons should show up.

Make sure IE's view setting is set to allow the "status" view. This will reflect text and urls at the bottom left of IE page.

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If using IE 8 and again this is random or only effecting a site or two you may need to use "compatibility view":
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/int...es/easier.aspx

Via IE's tools>compatibility view is an option that will be available.


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Hi Goddez1! Thanks for all those suggestions! Yes I did customize the colors settings on the General tab yesterday to see if that made any difference, but it didn't. I also activated the hover color yesterday. The "underline links" was already set to "always". I think your last suggestion regarding compatibility view may be the answer, since this problem seems to only affect a small number of sites. I'll add those web addresses to my compatability view list and see if that helps. Thanks so much for your help.

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Hi again,

I'd sure like to see one of those sites. If you run across one again or can call one up from your history, please share the link so all members interested as well as myself, can have look.

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Goddez1, here is a link to a credit union site. https://www.narfepremierfcu.org/. You can't see the dropdown boxes at the top (above the picture), but if you run your cursor around up there the arrow will change to a hand and you can read the options for each column. At least this one you can read the description after scrolling over it. Next time I come across one that hides the box/button and doesn't describe its purpose, I'll post it.

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Hello again,

As luck would have it, I have no problem seeing button/tab dropdowns on the top of the page.

I have, however, been able to reproduce your problem and make these invisible via IE>Tools>internet options>general tab>accessibility button, and selecting or checking the box option "ignore colors set on web pages". Once again I'm going to suggest that you uncheck anything that you have enabled in "accessibility section", apply and okay your way out.

Did you or have you tried IE compatibility view for this site? If so did this help at all?

See:
now you see them

now you don't

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As a sidenote, I was able to reset and see all once again by resetting IE to defaults via the tools>ie options>advanced tab> reset button. Do a study up on this as I forget exactly what this does and have misplaced any link I had to an explanation.

Got it...
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/win...fe1771033.mspx

While I could have just as easily have reversed this by undoing what I had done, I got curious if a reset would do it. It did.


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Hi, I did try the compatibility view but it made no difference. Tomorrow I'll try your latest suggestions and let you know how they go. I really appreciate all the help you're offering me.

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Goddez1, I couldn't wait until tomorrow to try your suggestion. I cleared the checkbox under accessibility (Ignore colors on web pages) and it worked! Problem solved! You are a genius. I cannot thank you enough.

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Hi Tsherman,

Yahoo! I'm happy this worked and your most welcome. Thank you for the update. I could have sworn that you had said you weren't using any settings to begin with and problem was active. In an attempt to clear it up you then tried some customization over rides. Oh well, it's a done deal now and a happy ending.

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If later you find that the problem has returned, and you had previously marked your thread as solved, follow the steps above. Instead 'Mark this thread as solved' you will see that in this case Mark this thread as unsolved is listed.

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