this just showed up in a recent post - check your SSL recipe for the DHTML/Pure HTML setting - that has something to do with it
Okay, I think I've got it. Noticed at the bottom of the IE screen that opens when I run my first htm file to launch the help, that I get the infamous " Internet Explorer restricted this webpage from running scripts or Active X controls." When I click the Allow blocked content button, voila, I get my text dialog box and search works.
Just thought I'd leave the question/answer in case anyone else needed it.