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when on the news page the cursor will snap back up to the search box and interupt the user.

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ok... I have a client that is getting frustrated with MSN.  They like having it as their homepage but, when browsing news in particular, sometimes it will snap the cursor back to the search box at the very top of the page.  This causing the page to scroll back up to the top and interupts whatever they were reading.  I've seen this before, specifically with dynamic content like an advertisement that changes every minute... but the msn news page does not appear to have anything like that in it. The customer would like it to simply stop so that he can read what he wants without interuption.  Is there a way to shut this off?
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by:Christopher Martinez
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MSN has during page load a line of text that starts the cursor out in the search box. Its possible the connection on this PC is slow to load so you can be browsing everything before everythign is fully loaded and the code line is hit to set the cursor in its default location, the search box. The adds generally take longer to load on some pcs due to security reasons and what not that could hold back the fully loading of the website.
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is there any wzy to stop it though?  I know it's always annoyed me too and I knew it would do it when the page finished loading, but when he demonstrated what he was talking about to me the page claimed it was done loading (i.e. status bar was gone and it said done on the bottom of the IE window) yet it still popped up to the top when he scrolled down to read healines.  
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MSn is very intrusive website. There really is nothing you can do about how the website is programmed. Does this happen more than once when on the page? If so its possible your looking at a possible virus etc etc. However if it just does it once during the page load, try suggesting using a difference browser, such as opera or firefox that loads pages much faster than IE.
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by:cymrich
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not really a solution, but more a statement of fact.  Never found anything else that would put a stop to it.  
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