@ CK MacLeod:
OK - tomorrow.
The whole "dude" thing passed me by. Back in the day only Cheech and Chong said "dude". When my daughter was a tween I watched a show called Hey Dude with her. Then it started turning up in commercials and my daughters college friends would come over and say dude to each other with no irony at all.
So an old browser aint nothing.
It's not either place - I have IE 7...
went to MS help - Either I don't have compatibility view or it's just too late in the day...
On my computer, the Post Text box merges into the right hand column.