Terry R. and Twayne came to my rescue but it has turned out that I gave incorrect info. It is correct that at times I seem to spend a great deal of effort chasing my active page and bringing it back, but when I tried to duplicate the situation as I described it in my posting it didn't work as I described. When I experience this the most is in the morning when I am opening Outlook Express as well as my various web based email accounts. Usually, not only am I opening those accounts, many times I am also following links in those messages as well as building a document or email message. Apparently my problems are all IE8 based - not XP. Thanks for your patience - and not beating me up as I deserved. K.