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Microsoft Internet Explorer may not correctly display text when line lengths are longer than 4,000 characters. This can be especially observed in single-line editable DIV and Input elements, where characters over 4,000 are no longer displayed during input.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
This issue has been addressed in the form of a registry key fix in Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and in later versions. If you are running an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you must first obtain and install Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 or a later version. Then, you must turn on the fix.
To configure Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 or a later version to exceed the 4,000-character limit, you must create the MaxRenderLine registry entry with a DWORD value that is larger than 4,000 to turn on the fix. To do this, follow these steps:
Quit Internet Explorer.
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Right-click Main, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type MaxRenderLine, and then press ENTER.
Right-click MaxRenderLine, and then click Modify.
Under Base, click Decimal. In the Value data box, type the number that you want to set the limit to. For example, type 4100. Under Base, click Hexidecimal to convert the number to the default hexidecimal value, and then click OK.
In this example, you typed 4100 (decimal) to set this value to 1004 (hexidecimal).
Close Registry Editor.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Internet Explorer version 5.01 Service Pack 1.