Thread: View source not working in IE6
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03-03-2004, 05:35 PM #61
I too was at my wits end trying to correct this view source problem. I am using Windows 2000 Terminal with IE 6.
I tried several steps, including deleting everything in my Temporary Internet folder. Eventually, I found that although from my security level, it showed that I had successfully removed all files, when logged in as Administrator it was clear that there was still a rather large index.dat file. After deleting that, I haven't had any more problems.
03-08-2004, 03:27 PM #62
Resolution to Cannot View Source
This is a known bug in all versions of IE. The resolution is to:
1) Delete all temporary internet files.
2) Set your temporary internet files folder max size to LESS than 80 MB.
3) Rename any shortcut on your desktop named 'Notepad'.
4) Make sure notepad.exe is the program registered to view HTML files in IE.
03-08-2004, 05:33 PM #63
Thanks, thats a pretty good summary of everything covered in the thread. Welcome to the forums.
04-11-2004, 11:58 AM #64
Here's the fix for the view source problem!
In google I typed "microsoft ie view source not working" and found this URL:
It said to clear the temporary internet files. I did and it fixed my problem.
04-12-2004, 06:32 PM #65Originally Posted by QuietDean
05-11-2004, 09:01 AM #66
Worked for me!
This is what did it for me:
To resolve this issue, delete all of the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
To do this, follow these steps:
Start Internet Explorer.
On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
Under Temporary Internet files, click Delete Files.
When the confirmation message appears, click OK two times.
06-17-2004, 04:33 AM #67
View source not working in IE6
Read entire thread so far, tried it all, nothing's worked for me
I have winXP Home/IE6 (though we connect using AOL 9 but I prefer to surf using IE6). When I chose View Source all I get is Notepad opening with nothing in it. The tip about using the Edit button worked (although not on the forum page as it was greyed out).
Anyone had any fresh ideas?
11-24-2004, 05:03 AM #68
Certain source not working.
As a slight aside to this thread, I discovered that certain frames would not allow me to view source. The frame I was attempting to view was doctype xhtml but IE6 had auto detected it as UTF-8, probably from the parent frame. By changing the view/encoding menu to western european(iso) the view source began working again.
11-25-2004, 09:48 AM #69Originally Posted by jshephard@pa
09-28-2006, 04:52 AM #70
Re: View source not working in IE6Originally Posted by QuietDean
The option was there (and on the right-click menu) but nothing happened when I clicked it.
The page referenced above solved it:
When I ran Regedit (SCARY to me, so for others new to it I'll add some detail here) and followed the path shown on the MS page there WAS NO "View Source Editor" key, so I added it and the "Editor Name" keys, then selected (highlighted) "(Default)" in the right frame, then Edit>Modify and in the window which opened I entered the path to notepad (that is, I typed in: C:\WINDOWS\notepad.exe) and then closed that window and exited regedit.
The "view source" worked IMMEDIATELY, even in a browser window that was already open while I edited the registry.
Can anyone tell me what could have erased the keys which I replaced? (I assume they were there previously, since "view source" had ALWAYS shown me the source in Notepad: (I do a fair amount of HTML and js coding, so I use that function fairly often.)
Just thought: I uninstalled a js editor recently (Antechinus, I think); it was NOT the editor which opened with "view source," although it did use IE as the "external browser" in "view in external browser."
Could its uninstallation have erased the registry keys??
In any case, thanks for the link, Quiet Dean!!
BIG PS: Whlie the problem was going on Notepad DID show up as the editor in Tools>Internet Options.
And under Folder Options > File Types it tried to be the default program for opening *.HTM files (and the icon for IE on the select-an-association list was NOT the blue E but a "window" (rectangle with blue title bar - perhaps a symbol for a DOS program.)
That is, it wasn't clear at the level of the desktop that notepad was not the "view source" editor.
Last edited by ethveg; 09-28-2006 at 05:00 AM.
01-09-2007, 10:55 AM #71
Re: View source not working in IE6
Certain pages would not let me view source. I just click on view source and nothing happens.
Last edited by HTML; 01-17-2007 at 08:25 AM.