Here's a repost of an answer I gave to the same question
about a week ago.
I also gave a more complete answer which contains
a possible rationale for the change.
Still on server msnews.microsoft.com
Subject: Re: NO search links at all!!!
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 00:23:28 -0500
If this is the MSN search bar you're looking at
be aware that there was a recent change to its
HTML and its functionality. Now when you turn
the search bar off and on you get the search assistant
again instead of your previous search. However,
you can go back to your previous search by using
its Back command (e.g. right-click Back or, if the
keyboard focus is on it, Alt-CursorLeft). Also if
you use IE's Fullscreen option (F11) you can unpin
the search bar and let it autohide, instead of closing it.
That way your search position would stay unchanged.
> I'm running Win XP Pro and have the latest version of IE6.
> When I use the default setting for a search I'm able to find my information
> as normal.
> When I close the search window and reopen it I momentarily see my search
> info but it then disappears and I must reenter my search query again.
> Is this something you may have seen or know why and how to correct.
> Any ideas or suggestions will be helpful.