Recently I launched Internet Explorer after rebooting my laptop computer that runs Windows XP and noticed that the third line of toolbars which includes the favorites, tabs, and command toolbars had a black line all the way across all of them. I was still able to click on any of the items including opening new tabs, selecting favorites, and any items in the command toolbar such as the home button, the tools button, etc.

Internet Explorer With Black Line:

Internet Explorer With Black Line Over Toolbars

Typically issues like this can be resolved by shutting down Internet Explorer and then restarting it however  in this case the black line still existed. I attempted to close Internet Explorer and then verified that I did not see any Internet Explorer processes still running. Next I thought that maybe there was an update that didn’t install proper but this wasn’t the case either. I also checked to make sure that I was running the latest and greatest version of IE thinking that if I upgraded the problem might resolve itself. I was running the latest Internet Explorer version which was version 8.0.6001.18702.

I ended up resolving the issue by rebooting Windows. Once I rebooted Windows and launched Internet Explorer it displayed properly as shown below.

Internet Explorer Normal Operation:

Internet Explorer Normal Operation

I would suggest doing everything possible to resolve the issue before rebooting Windows as this may not actually resolve the issue but instead may just temporarily mask the problem. If you have run out of other options and are in a hurry then go ahead and reboot and hopefully the outcome is similar to above.


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6 Responses to “Internet Explorer Has a Black Line Over Favorites, Tabs, And Command Toolbar”
  1. brandon says:

    i just updated my monzilla and it had it so i restarted and its still there -_- its sooo annoying

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    alex Reply:

    Hello brandon,

    I am not sure I understand what you are saying? Do you mean that Mozilla was upgraded and the black bar in Internet Explorer still displays or are you seeing the black bar in Firefox or another browser?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. Sonia says:

    I have black all over my tabs in Internet Explorer. I see the symbol of the “view favorites, and all the other symbols acroos the top bar but all of the words are blackened.”
    I do not want this and please assist to get it back to normal.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sonia,

    Did you bother reading the article and if so did you bother trying the solution mentioned in the article?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Jim Willie says:

    Dear Alex Grumpypants
    There was no “article” for Sonia, or anyone else to read, just a link to buy someone’s book.

    Sol’n: Hold down left SHIFT, left ALT and PRINT SCREEN then select OK to go into high contrast mode. It will turn your screen all black but don’t fret… repeat the 3 key step above and go back to normal mode. Close IE and open it and it should be fixed

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    alex Reply:

    Dear Jim,

    You are posting below a post that I made so not sure what you mean by no article. As for being grumpy pants… I must be horrible writing thousands of free articles to help others with their technical issues.

    Regardless I appreciate you offering another solution in the comments that assisted in resolving your issue.

    Thanks.
    alex

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