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Published on 06.09.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Open in New Window in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s Open in New Window menu option in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy, users cannot point to a link, click the right mouse button, and then click the Open in New Window command.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can open a Web page in a new browser window by using the shortcut menu.

This policy can be used in coordination with the “File menu: Disable New menu option” policy, which prevents users from opening the browser in a new window by clicking the File menu, pointing to New, and then clicking Window.

Note: When users click the Open in New Window command, the link will not open in a new window and they will be informed that the command is not available.

Disable IE’s Open in New Window Menu Option

  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, Internet Explorer, and then select Browser menus in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Disable Open in New Window menu option in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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