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Topic Title: differences in IE7 and IE8 - right click will kill you every time.
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Created On: 08/01/2011 08:37 AM
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 08/01/2011 08:37 AM
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For those of you who may beat your head against the wall because your routines worked in IE7, but don't in IE8, have I got a tip for you!

I have routines that ran perfectly in IE7, but because IE8 sucked so much, we didn't move to it since it seemed to break everything.  Well, since I can't run IE 7 on newer versions of Windows, I am forced to deal with IE8.  After beating my head against the wall I finally figured out why the routines worked in IE7 and not in IE 8.  

In IE 7, if you right click on a web page and select a command, it executes immediately.  In IE 8, if you right click on a web page and select a command, it selects the command and does nothing until you hit Enter.  If you right click in IE 7, select a command and hit Enter, so that your stuff will run in IE8, IE7 starts doing fun things like selecting the default of the next command that comes along on the web page.  It creates some very fun and unpredictable behaviours.  

The solution?  Read the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Version key in the registry, strip off everything to the left of the first period (as opposed to the first character so that when Microsoft hits version 10, you are ready), leaving you with a 7 or 8, and then have your logic execute conditionally based on the version number.  

You would not believe how much time I spent trying to figure out why my scripts worked perfectly on some machines and not on others.  

I hope this little tip helps somebody else.

You all have a great week!  Mine just got a whole lot better!


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 08/01/2011 12:48 PM
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Rick Johnson

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Hi Danny,

That is a great find!

Thank you for taking the time to share it with the community!

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- Rick Johnson
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