erratic screen width changes?

Discussion in 'New Features, Site News, Issues Info.' started by Kerfwappie, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Kerfwappie Member

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    How come sometimes when you browse through the forum some pages are wide and you have to side scroll them, while others fit your screen perfectly? How can I fix it so it's always the latter?

    Eric
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Eric, I was having the same problem. In the TOOLS drop down on my Internet Explorer browser I selected Compatibility View and that seems to have fixed the issue for me. This was suggested by a couple of other forum members when I asked about it. Not sure this will be the right fix for you or meet any "always" type criteria, but give it a shot. Ed
  3. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Your first problem is that you're using Internet Exploder and not an actual good browser.


    Internet Exploder is the #1 browser.......... for downloading other browsers.
  4. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Good morning Mr. Computer Wizard, that was not very nice! What other browser will miraculously fix all of my issues?
  5. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Basically anything but IE. IE is not only super finnicky about the way it reads/displays html (creates nightmares for me when building websites sometimes), but it has security and stability issues... as well as just being stupid slow.

    My #1 recommendation is Google Chrome - http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/landing_chrome.html?hl=en
    Firefox is the most popular browser outside of IE... But I find Chrome to be superior - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
  6. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    At work we square pegs have been pounded into the IE round hole. I'll give one of those a go at home and see how it works. As my home laptop ages and gets less reliable, I wonder how much of that is due to the web browsing. Thank you Mr. Wizard.
  7. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Let's put it this way... The only people on the Microsoft campus that use IE are the IE team. All my friends that work there refuse to use it. That says something when their own browser isn't even the most used on their own campus (or so I've been told by friends who work there).
  8. jeff bandy Make my day

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    So how do I fix it if I'm using Firefox?
  9. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    no idea... i don't use Firefox. I haven't had the problem in Chrome.
  10. jeff bandy Make my day

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    Dammit Evan, thats not what I wanted to hear. Don't want to switch browsers. To hard. I am computer illiterate dammit!!!

    Okay, temper tantrum over. I'll try Chrome tonight. Any hints on switching browsers?
  11. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    There's nothing to it really. You can import your old bookmarks. Chrome also has a lot of nifty plugins like Firefox does... if you're in to that kind of thing.
  12. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Just took a screenshot to compare. Chrome on left, Firefox on right. Notice Chrome has a much bigger viewing area overall from the cleaner interface. That's one thing I really like about it.

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  13. Kerfwappie Member

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    I am using Chrome. Thanks Ed, I'll poke around and see if I can fix it.
  14. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    do you have a specific thread you're having an issue with? i haven't seen one that i can think of where i have to scroll side to side.
  15. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    but one easy fix: if a page spans left to right and you do have to scroll (usually an issue with an html glitch), you can hit ctrl - (ctrl key and minus key) to zoom out.
  16. Kerfwappie Member

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    Nope, I don't see anything in the Chrome preferences that would appear to fix the problem. I'm no wizard though.
  17. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Viewing with Chrome at home. Screen looks a bit different and the font is different, but the page layout seems the same. I've not come across any photos that require me to scroll left or right as of yet.
  18. Chris Scoones Administrator

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    Overall Chrome does have a better appearance. The underlying issue though is this forum software. The last major "upgrade" was poorly written and I'll be migrating to a different application all together. That software is just getting out of beta and then I'll be re-testing everything. Your experience from there, regardless if you're using a good browser or IE, will be a lot better.

    Chris
  19. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Thanks Chris, looks great on all my machines and my hand held for when I'm supposed to be fishing.
  20. Kerfwappie Member

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    Thanks Chris.