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Small Google search bar

Post by Darkson1 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:12 am

http://forum.avantbrowser.com/viewtopic ... 25#p156125

When using the latest AB build under IE8, the Google search box is extremely small (as are a couple of forums I know). This is fixed in IE8 by unclicking "use visual styles" under Advanced options, but this doesn't solve the problem under Avant.
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:23 am

I cannot confirm with WinXP SP3 and IE8.

Have you tried

Internet Options -> Advanced -> Restore advanced settings

and

Internet Options -> Advanced -> Reset

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by Darkson1 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:54 am

kudos wrote:I cannot confirm with WinXP SP3 and IE8.

Have you tried

Internet Options -> Advanced -> Restore advanced settings
Yes, still have the same issue.
kudos wrote:Internet Options -> Advanced -> Reset
Yes, still have the same problem.
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:13 pm

Do you have any skinning software installed such as WindowsBlinds?

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by bigC » Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:53 pm

This only occurs when using a custom windows visual style.

I read that the latest version of windowblinds has a fix for this. I don't think theres a solution for peeps who change vs's through other means yet.

I don't know why the setting change in internet options only works in IE.

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by addonsfan » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:01 pm

I meant to post about this last night. I was able to reproduce it immediately after installing WindowsBlinds, and switching to another style. There has to be a registry key for it somewhere, however the only keys I was able to find is only applying to IE. I think Avant needs to set it on calling the IE control.

Related keys I found:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\UseThemes
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AdvancedOptions\BROWSE\USE_THEMES (the actual option in IE's advanced panel)

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Don't waste your time on looking for a key, "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\UseThemes" is really the only one that matters. Unless we can add something to force avant.exe to inherit IE's settings.

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by Darkson1 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:24 pm

So I have a choice - stop using Avant (at least for some sites), or stop using my skinning software (AlienGUIse).

Well, seeing as it's only Avant having this problem, unfortunately, I think it will be Avant that gets the chop. :(

Of course, if someone can come up with a (easy!) workround...
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:52 pm

Right-click on Avant.exe, select Properties, click on Compatibility, then check Disable visual themes

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by Darkson1 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:47 am

Sorted - thank you.
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:58 am

It works? I'm surprised that it was that easy! Thanks for confirming.

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by addonsfan » Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:36 am

Well... he got just what he asked for. An easy solution. Lol

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by bigC » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:26 pm

Blah, this solution disables the visual styles completely. Now I have icky scrollbars and a square titlebar. Any other idea's for a fix?

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:03 am

Don't use skinning software!
 
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by addonsfan » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:39 am

kudos wrote:Don't use skinning software!
Wow, Kudos is full of great solutions. :wink:

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:11 am

Stardock claim to have fixed the bug in the latest release of WindowBlinds v6.4.110
 
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by bigC » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:57 pm

kudos wrote:Don't use skinning software!
And use XPs default fisherprice style.. I think not.

I don't use windowblinds. :(

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by kudos » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:14 pm

bigC wrote:I don't use windowblinds. :(
What do you use? I use the plain classic interface - I don't do themes. I would like to do a fair test.
 
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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by bigC » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:22 pm

Eureka! I have found a solution!

1. Open Notepad, type

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INPUT { 
font-size: 10pt; 
}
Save it as "ie8.css"

2. Go to Internet Options > General tab > Accessibility button

3. Check Format documents using my style sheet and select the ie8.css file

And thas it :D

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by AXEMAN » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:30 pm

Thanks bigC :thumbup: :)

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Re: Small Google search bar

Post by bigC » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:31 pm

Your welcome.
kudos wrote:What do you use? I use the plain classic interface - I don't do themes. I would like to do a fair test.
I just patch my uxtheme.dll and currently I'm using this style.

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