Feb 102008
 

Sometimes while browsing, you may come across links or weblinks. Clicking the links may open the new website in the same window as you are browsing. While the webmasters can control how this opens (either in the same window or in a new window), Internet Explorer can let you to take control as well.

In Internet Explorer, you can make new links to always open in a new window or a new tab if in Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browsing is enabled.

To open links in a new window in Internet Explorer 6 or early,

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click Tools – Internet Options.

3. Click Advanced and uncheck “Reuse Windows for launching shortcuts” under “Browsing”

4. Click Apply & OK.

To open links in a new window in Internet Explorer 7 with tabbed browsing,

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click Tools – Internet Options.

3. Click Settings under “Tabs” in General. This will open the Tabbed browser settings.

Internet Explorer Tabbed browsing

4. Under “Open Links from other programs in”

“A new window” to open in a new window

“A new tab in current browser” to open a new tab

Tabbed browsing settings

5. Click OK  then OK to apply the changes.

6. Restart the browser for changes to take effect.

If tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 7 is disabled then to open a link in a new window, click Advanced tab under Internet Options and uncheck “Reuse Windows for launching shortcuts (when tabbed browsing is off)”

This should make web links to either open in a new window or ew tab in Internet Explorer.

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  3 Responses to “How to open links or Shortcuts in a new window or tab in Internet Explorer”

  1. I still can’t get it to open in a new window or a new tab. It will open, but in the same tab and I have to click the back button to get back to my search results etc. I don’t have the settings correct as above and I also do NOT have “reuse windows for launching shortcuts” checked. (under advanced). I have IE 8 and Windows Vista. My husband has exactly the same (with the same settings) and his opens in a new window. What do I need to do?

  2. I have IE 8 and would like to know if it is possible to set the IE tabbed browsing settings so that it always opens pop-ups in a new window by a registry key.

  3. Thanks for this post, i will try that.

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