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I am running Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP platform. I have noticed for quite a while that when I load google from either my favorites or type in the web address, that when the google page comes up, the mouse is positioned in the url address not the google search box, so when I start to type, I change the address. I have to load the web page then make a point of moving the mouse and clicking in the search box on google. I have noticed it on a couple other pages as well, but can't think what they are right off. Any ideas?
I run IE7 on Vista, but perhaps they work the same way in this circumstance. Don't know about other sites, but I've set my Google preferences from the front page. After accepting the cookie, I close and re-open Google to the Advanced Search page and use that for my bookmark. My cursor is in the first search box. Your mileage may vary, but I hope it does the trick for you.