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Published on 06.08.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Changing New Tab Behavior in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable changing Internet Explorer’s new tab behavior in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to configure the default behavior of new tab creation in Internet Explorer.

If you enable this policy setting, the user will not be able to configure tab behavior. You must specify whether tabs should open in the foreground or background. The user will not be able to open the tabs in the background by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+SELECT or to open the tabs in the foreground by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+SELECT.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the user will be able to control the tab opening behavior.

Disable Changing IE’s New Tab Behavior

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Turn off configuration of default behavior of new tab creation in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable, select the tab opening position, and then click OK to save the changes.


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