How to Change New Tab Settings in Internet Explorer 8

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With the competition in the browser market heating up in the last few years, and Firefox and Chrome eating up significant share of Internet Explorer, this old, formidable leader of browsers had to change itself too. There is no doubt that Internet Explorer introduced some major (and positive) changes with version 7 and 8. The recently launched version 9 (in beta) is getting great reviews from analysts too.

Starting today, we will dive into some basic as well as advanced features in Internet Explorer 8, and in the latest beta version of this browser.

We start the series with the tab settings in Internet Explorer 8 and how one can modify it. This tutorial will show you how to do it.

Here are the steps.

1. You’ll see a “Tools” option on the top right of your Internet Explorer window, just below the browser’s built-in search bar. Click on it.

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2. Now, in the drop down menu, at the very bottom, you’ll find Internet Options. Click on it.

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In the Internet Options window that opens up, under the “General” tab on the top, you’ll find the “Tabs” section. There, you’ll see a button named Settings. Click on that button.

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The Tabbed Browsing Settings window opens up. Here you’ll find all kinds of options to modify the behavior of tabs in Internet Explorer 8.

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Using the tabbed browsing settings panel, you could do the following.

  • Enable or disable tabbed browsing
  • Select what you want to see when a new tab page is opened
  • Modify the way pop-ups open
  • Select if you want to automatically switch to a new tabs when they are created
  • Enable or disable tab groups and quick tabs
  • Show tab previews in taskbar

So, in a nutshell, all the tab related customizations in Internet Explorer 8 could be done through the tabbed browsing settings panel.

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  • Kyler IE Outreach Team

    Great walkthough! The diagrams make this a great resources for a common question IE users have!

    Cheers,
    Kyler
    IE Outreach Team

  • Anil Patil

    Am having asp.net web application works fine in IE6.. during migration am not able to make popup in new window instread it opens in new tab.and focus is lost from popup.

    is there any solution to disable tabbed browseing option whereeven new instance of my .net application is created.. plz provide code solution rather than manual making setting on broser..

  • Mimi Loh

    I followed exactlly to set “the new tab page” but everytime I restart my computer, the new tab page always set back to blank page instead. Anyone knows what I should do the have IE set to “the new tab page” even after my computer restarts?”

    • Joe

      I’m having the same problem with new tab setting changing back to blank page all the time. Did you ever find a solution to making the new page selection stay set?

    • Rolly

      Select “Your first home page” in the When a new tab is
      opened dialogue box. It’s in the middle of the Setting page.