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Old February 12th, 2004, 01:18 AM
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This is just a General FYI for newbies.

Yes, it was something I was totally unprepared for. SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT ANY PRIOR NOTICE, I COULD NO LONGER VIEW SOURCE CODE FOR ANY WEBPAGE -- ON THE INTERNET OR OFFLINE!

My book was no help. Even the IE Help was no help. We simply assume at all times that anytime you select View -> Source from the IE pull-down menus, that code will appear in cute little Notepad pop-up windows (or those of your selected text editor). And it's a real shock when it stops working without warning!

DON'T ASK MY WHY! But it would appear that, anytime you place a shortcut to Notepad on your desktop, you will then be COMPLETELY UNABLE to view source code in IE for as long as that shortcut exists.

Otherwise, my JavaScript lessons are coming along nicely. Many thanks to Paul Wilton for writing the best possible guidebook for learning JavaScript!

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I am exceedingly sceptical, are you sure you didn't move notepad to the desktop? I will try this later to confirm however I changed my viewsource command to use a different text editor which highlights html for easier viewing so it will take some fiddling to test properly.

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Skeptical? YES! SO WAS I! Microsoft simply CAN'T have bugs of this magnitude of obscurity -- it is UNTHINKABLE!

Actually, it would appear that THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING that will cause this to happen! And it is not readily reproducible from system to system, so I apologize to you if I have been "wasting your time" while you try to reproduce this anomaly. For me, this bug is very real! I am using Windows 2000 Professional SP4 with IE 6 and all the recommended patches.

Your ability to view source from IE might ALSO be hindered by the size of (and amount of junk) in your "Temporary Internet Files" folder. This is also documented all over the World Wide Web. Please read on for more details.

The only clue I received was this happened occurred when I used my Google search engine, and searched for "can't view source in IE" which produced the usual thousands of hits. However, I noticed that Google found ALL of these words IN ORDER. Within the first couple of hits, I found my answer. It was that stupid shortcut I'd placed there on the desktop for my convenience!

If you want need more proof, or want to see more "Unable to View Source" bug causes -- just to make sure that this NEVER EVER happens to you, please use your Google search engine as I instructed above, or simply visit this following link: <http://www.mredkj.com/tutorials/tips_ie.html> which was #2 on the Google "hit parade".

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Hey guys,
I hate to break in on your thread, but I have experienced this problem from time to time. Exactly as to what causes it, I'm not sure, it happens randomly (seemingly anyway) and is usually corrected by closing the browser window(s) and reopening. I have not been able to reproduce it under a specific set of conditions, so I'd just be blowing air as to its cause. Personally I haven't done any modifications as to the where-a-bouts of notpad.exe, so I dunno about that. I also have to regularly dump the 'Temporary Internet Files' folder to correct IE refreshing from the cache instead of grabbing the remote file (after the file's been modified of course).. so I'm skeptical that would have anything to do with it either. But I could be wrong.

If you can isolate the cause I'd be interested in hearing the remedy.

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Try emptying your cache. ;)

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I have tried creating a short cut to Notepad on my desktop and view source still works. This is on a temporary Windows 98 machine. I'll try it on 2000 and XP when I get home.

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All you need to do is go to Internet Options in IE and Delete Files. That will take care of this problem, run into it a few times myself.
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Well, removing the notepad shortcut from my desktop worked for me!
I had already deleted internet files and that did not solve the problem.

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Ganesh thank you. I have had the same problem and did all of the above removing files ete, etc. After reading your "fix" I removed the shortcut to notepad from my desktop and I am now able to view source again.
I am using windows IE6.0.2900 SP2.
We have eight PCs and all have a shortcut to notepad but only my PC was unable to view source.

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I have tried everything and my view source still is not working. Any suggestions? Windows xp service pack 2. Deleated files cookies etc.

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