FIX: You can still interact with Internet Explorer 7 when a Visual Basic 6.0 modal form is displayed from an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer 7

When a Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 modal form is displayed from a Microsoft ActiveX control in Windows Internet Explorer 7, you can still interact with Internet Explorer 7. This problem occurs when Internet Explorer 7 is in theater mode.
This problem occurs because of a bug in Visual Basic 6.0.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
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 Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Steps to reproduce the problem

  1. Open Visual Basic 6.0.
  2. On the File menu, click New Project.
  3. Click ActiveX Control, and then click OK.
  4. In Project Explorer, right-click Project1, click Add, and then click Form.
  5. Click Form, and then click Open.
  6. Add a new CommandButton object that is named Command1 to the UserControl1 user control.
  7. In Project Explorer, right-click UserControl1, and then click View Code.
  8. In the UserControl1 code window, add the following code.
    Private Sub Command1_Click()	Form1.Show vbModal, MeEnd Sub
  9. Save the new project.
  10. On the File menu, click Make Project1.ocx.
  11. Create an HTML file, and then add the Project1.ocx control to the HTML file.
  12. In Internet Explorer 7, open the HTML file, and then press F11 to switch Internet Explorer 7 to theater mode.
  13. In the Project1.ocx control, click Command1. The Visual Basic 6.0 modal form is displayed.
  14. Point to the top of the desktop. The Internet Explorer 7 menu bar is displayed.

Article ID: 941029 - Last Review: 10/08/2011 15:16:00 - Revision: 3.0

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