I have Windows XP, IE version 8. This question is about the toolbars showing at the top of IE. The upper one that (normally) shows the words: File - Edit - View - Favorites - Tools - Help, and the lower one that (again, normally) shows (among others) the important word: Home. Recently, periodically, the background for those two toolbars turns totally black, so the words cannot be read. Fortunately Home has an icon, which DOES show up. As for the upper one, if I click on where I think the word is (i.e. Favorites, which I use very frequently) the drop-down menu appears, so it is functional. After a few days the black disappears and things are normal again. But this has happened several times, so I am wondering if anyone knows the cause and hopefully the solution. Thanks.