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    Whenever I right-click a link in an email, or on Favourites (in the start menu), or in IE6 to "open in a new window", the window minimizes to the taskbar. It used to open in a partially-sized window.

    It can be maximized for viewing, but until I do that, the "restore" option (right click) is greyed out.

    Problem does not happen if I call a web page from the address bar, and does not happen if I left-click a link in the current page.

    I would appreciate a referral to an information resource on this, or a solution. It seemed to have happened after installing MSN Messenger one day, but I cannot be sure of that. Uninstalling Messenger has no effect.

    I have edited the link to IE itself to ensure Open in normal screen or open maximized was selected.

    I have tried winkey-shift-M but this does nothing. I have edited these 2 keys to change the value of fullscreen to yes, but the current_user key seems to keep returning to value no after using it, or after a reboot:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.