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suddenly the top of my IE 9.0 window is black. Any fixes?

There is the window of my IE 9.0 where I see the EE page.
Above that is the menu bar with my home page, read mail, tools, etc.
Then above that, is the forward and backward arrows, the address bar, the browser I have open, and then top, far right another icon for "home" then a star (favorites link) and then an icon that is round and is tools.

This changed suddenly. That area at the top is now black.
And a link to my favorites, was not up there in the right have corner under the X.
It was near the home, icon just above the webpage window, on the left.

Did Microsoft do this with some update?

What can I do to change the black to what is was?

And to relocate the link to my favorites to it's original location?

Thanks.
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nickg5
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cheers4beersCommented:
Try hitting F11 and see if that changes it.  F11 is used to alternate IE to Full Screen mode and back.
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nickg5Author Commented:
F11 removes all the tool bars, etc. and they appear to leave my screen out the top. Then F11 again makes things back to the way they are.

the background color at the top is black.

and the location of my favorites link has gone from the "word" favorites on the left to a star on the right.

So, those are the 2 changes I am aware of, as of today.
It was not like that last night.
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nickg5Author Commented:
I've looked under tools, and right clicked on the new, and black border at the top, and not seeing any settings.

I think the bakground was a light below before today.
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nickg5Author Commented:
it really is undesirable.
The experts-exchange in the address window is all light gray except experts-exchange.com which is black. Then I have two browsers open. The hotmail is black letters on a dark gray background. The browser I am using for EE, is black letter on a white-light gray background. All of that is on a solid black background.

I went to system restore and the only thing I have done lately is a codec pack. That should not change the top part of my IE 9.0 window.

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Jackie ManCommented:
Can you post back your version of IE9 and details of the codec pack? Have you tried to run IE9 without any add-on?
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nickg5Author Commented:
IE 9.0.8112.16421
The codec pack was for Vista.
VistaCodecs_v593

I see no way to even change the colors from these light and dark grays and black to anything else.
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nickg5Author Commented:
Now, I close EE and open it back and the background at the top is the previous "light blue." The star and the other 2 icons top right are still there but they are outlines and are white inside the outlines and become a color when my cursor goes to them.

So, April 21st the top was the same as it is this minute.
Yesterday, late it was black up there.

So, what happened?
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nickg5Author Commented:
Have you tried to run IE9 without any add-on?

no

but the problem seemed to correct itself.
Do you know what caused it to begin with?
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nickg5Author Commented:
well the colors may be normal but not the content.
I do not have a link on the left side with the word "favorites."

I have the star top right.
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nickg5Author Commented:
can anyone tell me how to get my "my favorites" link back to where it has always been before last week? It is now a star beneath, my X to close the IE 9.0 browser.

I have had IE 9.0 for two months. Just recently has the content of my IE 9.0 above the webpage changed. There used to be a link on the left half of the page that was spelled out: favorites

Any ideas?
Would any Windows updates have content that would change the way IE 9.0 looks on my screen?
I have the tool bar that has these from left to right.
home, feed, read mail, print, page, safety, tools, help.
Before last week, "favorites" was in that list somewhere, not a star upper right corner.
Thanks.
Will add points as replies are helpful.
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nickg5Author Commented:
Well, the normalcy at the top lasted until today.
And now things are back as you see them explained in the orginal question, the background colors, etc.

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nickg5Author Commented:
Have you tried to run IE9 without any add-on?
..........I just looked in tools > manage ad-ons > and the only add-on that is dated in April was Adobe related. The date is April 16th, so that add-on was enabled before the background changed colors yesterday.
The light blue background both top and bottom of my IE 9.0 browser is now black and gray.
Ex: Now, at the top, since I have 3 webpages open, EE has a light gray background.
The other two have a purple-black like background to them. The background in the address bar is also light gray. The over all background color behind all of that is black, with faint gray stripes down it.
This was all light blue when I first got IE 9.0, was fine for several weeks, and then turned to the above described colors for a couple days. I asked this question and without a resolution, the background colors went back to normal.
Then yesterday and today, back to black and gray.
I doubt IE 9.0 is supposed to have such dark background colors.
I find it very displeasing.
I'm only guessing that there might be a setting somewhere that controls these colors.
I have Vista and things are hard to find.
Thanks.
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nickg5Author Commented:
I found the answer myself.
I had two IE 9.0 browers open and both logged into the same Hotmail account.
One the background was blue, and the other was black-gray.
Top right, on the blue one, "maximize" changes the background to black.
"restore back down" and it reverts to blue.

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nickg5Author Commented:
F11 did nothing.
I found the answer myself.
I had two IE 9.0 browers open and both logged into the same Hotmail account.
One the background was blue, and the other was black-gray.
Top right, on the blue one, "maximize" changes the background to black.
"restore back down" and it reverts to blue.
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