Colors settings that you choose for text, background, and links are not used by Internet Explorer 6

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Article ID: 843516 - View products that this article applies to.
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
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SYMPTOMS

When you use the Ignore colors specified on Web pages option in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 to specify that you want Internet Explorer to always use the color settings that you choose for text, background, and links, you find that the colors that you select are not used by Web pages. The settings that you choose do not override the colors for text and background that are used by the Web page. Therefore, some Web pages may not appear correctly and may be hard to read.

Note To set these colors, click Internet Options on the Tools menu, click the General tab, and the click Colors. To set the Ignore colors specified on Web pages option, click Internet Options on the Tools menu, click the General tab, click Accessibility, and the click to select or clear the Ignore colors specified on Web pages check box.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if you have a fix installed that is described in either of the following articles:
824145 MS03-048: November 2003 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
832894 MS04-004: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Install the hotfix that is described in the following article:
    871260 An update rollup is available for Internet Explorer versions 5.x and 6.0
  2. Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following subkey in the registry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  5. Type FeatureControl for the name of the subkey.
  6. Click the new FeatureControl subkey.
  7. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  8. Type FEATURE_OPTIONS_BACKGROUNDCOLOR_KB843516 for the name of the subkey.
  9. Click the new FEATURE_OPTIONS_BACKGROUNDCOLOR_KB843516 subkey.
  10. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  11. Type iexplore.exe for the name of the DWORD, and then press ENTER.
  12. Right-click iexplore.exe, and then click Modify.
  13. In the Value data box, click Decimal, and then type 1 in the Value data box.
  14. Click OK, and then quit Registry Editor.
  15. Restart Internet Explorer.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.

Properties

Article ID: 843516 - Last Review: September 15, 2006 - Revision: 2.4
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, when used with:
    • the operating system: Microsoft Windows 2000
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
    • the operating system: Microsoft Windows XP
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