re-use an existing instance of internet explorer

Posted on 2003-03-21
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Last Modified: 2008-03-03
i've enabled reuse windows for launching shortcuts and verify
the registry key (AllowWindowReuse) value equal to 1
but still everytime I click a link under outlook express
it open new IE window instead of using the current one..

any idea ?
Question by:andynauli
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ID: 8185142
Answered here:


If that does not work, try this MS way:

Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop to start Windows Explorer.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
On the File Types tab, scroll down the list until you locate the N/A section in the Extensions column.
Click the N/A URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol (or URL:) entry, and then click Advanced.
In the Edit File Type dialog box that appears, click the OPEN entry in the Actions box, and then click Edit.
In the Editing action for type: URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol window, click to clear the Use DDE check box, and then click OK.
Click OK, click Close, and then quit Windows Explorer.
Quit all versions of Internet Explorer.
Now when you run Outlook Express, additional links are opened in a new Internet Explorer window.


Author Comment

ID: 8185219
i've tried the link experts-exchange link to no avail:

the link from microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3ben-us%3b256953 -> opens new window instead of using the current one, please see my question...

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sramesh2k earned 340 total points
ID: 8185243

Hi! In the 2nd Microsoft article, check the "
" To reverse the changes described in the previously described workaround, use the following steps for the appropriate operating system. "

I ve titled in a wrong way!. This should help

Author Comment

ID: 8185273
good job
sorry I miss the answer the first time
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