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Prevent websites from closing the Favorites bar by Keith Patrick _b_


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Type: Bug
ID: 795262
Opened: 7/29/2013 4:41:51 AM
Access Restriction: Public
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Some web sites (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/) contain script-based ads that somehow manage to close the Favorites bar multiple times, apparently attempting to prevent users from navigating to another web page. As the bar is external to the web page and part of the browser itself, this seems like an action that a web page should not be able to do. In this particular example, it will close the bar at least twice, but if a page so chose, it could permanently suppress the bar, forcing the user to close the browser in order to change the web page.
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Posted by Keith Patrick _b_ on 7/30/2013 at 3:30 PM
Can you explain the "By design" part? I'm not following why IE would be intentionally designed to allow web sites to shut off parts of the browser UI as the user is attempting to use them. That would be akin to Windows allowing a sandboxed app to change the font sizes of the desktop sporadically.
Posted by Microsoft on 7/30/2013 at 12:29 PM
Thank you for your feedback. We will take your feedback into consideration in our ongoing efforts to improve Internet Explorer.

Best regards,

The Internet Explorer Team
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Posted by Keith Patrick _b_ on 7/30/2013 at 3:31 PM
The site isn't altering browser settings; it is shutting down the favorites bar after I open it (multiple times), preventing me from navigating to other sites I have in my favorites list.
Posted by IECustomizer on 7/29/2013 at 8:14 PM
Turn on Tracking protection to stop websites running third-party scripts that alter your browser settings.

there is no script on http://littlegreenfootballs.com/ that is calling showbrowserbar.