How can I make IE 11 to show me the URL of the links I am hovering over? The problem is that it sometimes shows these links as a tooltip popup framelet below, and sometimes - does not. I never see anything in the status bar.

I have a page where some links work and some does not. What is interesting, on the other page of the same site, with several same links, they behave differently. Their behaviour is stable for the concrete page and link on it.

That behaviour can be found on this site, too - ask a question and try "Answer Your Question" button. All other buttons and links are OK.

The Chrome does show links on the same pages correctly.

  • reference - link. Sorry, I am too old-fashioned, have started to program 13 years before Internet. Thank you for your questions, I have edited my post answering them. – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 13:59
  • what do you mean with "tooltip popup framelet"? IE shows the url in the status bar, if that is visible. – ths Aug 18 '17 at 14:04
  • @ths Mine does not. How can I make it to do it? As for the tooltip, I turned it on by "show notification bar" in Advanced Options. – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 14:12
  • @Dave Sorry, they are pages for electronical banking. But here, on SO, all links and buttons are OK, except "Answer your Question" button. – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 14:14
  • @Dave Try "ask a question " here and "Answer your Question" button on the page. – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 14:16

Let's focus on these 2 links taken from the a comment in the OP, the blue and red as per the screen shot:

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If I inspect the element in the dev tools of my name (shown in red) I can see

<a href="/users/146314/dave" title="22,028 reputation" class="comment-user">Dave</a>

If I do the same with edit, I can see

<a class="comment-edit">edit</a>

Note for edit, there is no href

If I hover over a comment I left, I see a little circle with an x in, which provides me a way to delete a comment. In this case there is no URL preview and again the tag <a class="comment-delete delete-tag" title="delete this comment"></a> has no href

I suspect that the Chrome is doing some additional calculations to work out what the destination URL is (if it can), where as IE is relying on the href attribute to be filled in (and it still ignores where only # is used in the href, as per the delete and flag links in each post).

IE plug-in support is blugh, but I would think this is the only way you can achieve this, without using another browser.

So using the above and the following (in yellow as an example):

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In Chrome, the following provided a URL:

My name in a comment The edit comment, share post, edit post, delete post flag post.

The delete comment did not show a URL

In IE, only my name in the comment, and the option to share post and edit post (shown in yellow above) show the URL when I hover the mouse over

As for the status bar (if it's on or not in IE), to turn the status bar on... In IE, press ALT on your keyboard to show the menu, then go to View -> Toolbars and make sure Status View has a check (tick). Even without the status bar, a pop up should still be displayed

  • Thank you, +1. And please, do you see the URL in the status bar? – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 14:45
  • @Gangnus, I used my name in a comment, the edit comment, delete comment, share post, edit post, delete post and flag post. In Chrome, all but the delete comment showed the URL. In IE, only my name in comment, share post and edit post show the URL – Dave Aug 18 '17 at 14:47
  • In STATUS BAR or in some other place? Please! – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 14:50
  • Define status bar. If you mean the greyish bar at the bottom of IE with the zoom option then yes, I am talking about that... – Dave Aug 18 '17 at 14:51
  • In Chrome I see Url in the long narrow stripe that goes along the lower border of browser window - status bar. In IE I see no status bar at all. – Gangnus Aug 18 '17 at 14:52

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