Prevent Windows from Reusing Browser Windows

Posted December 2, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

I am annoyed when I click on a link in an email or from the address bar and IE replaces my current web page with the new one. The following tech-recipe explains how to force IE to open a new window.


At the bottom of my screen on my taskbar, I have an address bar. Anytime I want to navigate to a new site, I usually just type the address there. If I already have a web page open, then IE will reuse that open browser session and change the web page. To most, this is troublesome.

Others have probably experienced this situation. You are reading a site, and your email alerts you that you have a new message. If you click on a link in the new email, suddenly the site you were reading is lost. This, too, is troublesome.

Here is how to prevent Windows from reusing browser windows.

Always backup your system and use caution when editing the registry.

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the text box, type regedit and click OK.
    4. Navigate to HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    5. Double-click AllowWindowReuse
    6. Set value data to 0.
    7. Click OK.
    8. Close regedit, and reboot.

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