pc, (odd shortname for me to call you, since you are also on a Mac ),
I don't know when you want to do that if you are trying to create another window, since I haven't really noticed any difference in another pane. I do know that with Chorme (and I think Safari does it also), you can take one of those panes and just drag it outside the browser and it gives you a separate window (I may try that later to see if it affects timing out). I was more trying to help find your right-click, which is handy for things like right-clicking on a picture so you can save the picture, or something like that. Does going to a picture with your cursor, holding down your Control key, and then clicking your pad give you what you would expect from a right-click?
Don't know why, but this didn't work for me. The right click got me the new window, but it still timed out. I'm using Vista and IE8, but don't know if that makes a difference. I tried it more than once, but it still times out.
You still get my thanks for the effort to help all of us with these 'issues'.
I unfortunately am the owner of a PC netbook which I only use in my office (in other words, the place I can't get any writing done or other serious work) and would NEVER consider buying anything but a Mac. Fortunately, the college replaces my Mac every 3-4 years.
I've also used Firefox, and if anything the problem is worse, because it does not open new windows. So I guess I've learned my lesson -- when I get an error message, ignore it, since my post probably exists.