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How to force IE to save all tabs or open from a list of tabbed sites

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Sometimes IE7 crashes or hangs or becomes unresponsive and has to be forcebly closed using Task Manager or if Windows also hangs, by holding the power button to turn the machine off. The problem is that in these instances IE does not remember all the tabs that were open and the next time it runs only opens the specified start page. Is there a way to force IE to remember all the URLs for all the tabs that are open and start them the next time it runs, even if IE7 crashes or is terminated externally?

Alternatively is it possible to tell IE to open a list of URLs when it starts, for example supplying a file that contains the list?
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by:darron_chapman
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It's not possible for IE to recover lost tabs but your second question can be answered:

>Alternatively is it possible to tell IE to open a list of URLs when it starts, for example supplying a file that contains the list?

You can create multiple home pages in Internet Explorer by going to Tools, Internet Options and typing the list under Home Page
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by:darron_chapman
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Type each page you want on a separate line.
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Hello donander,

IE7Pro addon saves session on crash
http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=272281

Hope this helps!
war1
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by:darron_chapman
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Hmm... I suppose I stand corrected... but I've never seen that work in practice... Everytime IE crashes with multiple tabs opened, they don't come back when IE restarts...  Maybe I'm just special .. :)
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by:donander
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Wow! This is the fastest response I've ever had, at least the fastest response that solved my issue.

I propose to accept darron_chapman's comment as the solution. It only allows you to specify 8 start pages. I found this out because I apparently pasted 9 and got a message something like "this exceeds the maximum number of start pages Internet Explorer can store. Click ok to remove the additional start pages." I clicked ok and it opened 8 pages.

I didn't try war1's suggestion because darron chapman's suggestion is a good solution for me and I'd prefer to rely on functionality contained within IE.

Sound OK?
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by:darron_chapman
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Who am I to argue... :)  ... Thanks!
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by:war1
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donander,

If you make them all homepages, that work.  But this presupposed that you have the same 8 tabs all the time before a crash.  Do you visit more than 8 websites?

Or you are manually saving the website as a home page each time you open the website?
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by:donander
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war1,

Ok, you make a good point. While I do want to startup with a certain set of pages every time, often have other webpages up that I want to leave up or that I want to load the next time I start IE, so the start page solution would not cover that. I went to ie7pro.com and looked at the features and it looks good. I have a couple of questions.

1. Have you tested the crash recovery feature or have others reported that it works reliably? This is the most important thing for me as I usually leave IE running on my work computer, and if IE or Windows hangs, that is when I lose the tabs I had open.
2. Is IE7Pro compatible with Microsoft Updates (the ones installed by Automatic Update)?

Thanks,
donander
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by:war1
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Yes, I have save sessions on IE7Pro. Others have tested also.  It is a free addon. So it will not cost you any to install and test.
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by:donander
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Ok, I installed it and will test it. This could take a week or so for me to fully test it, but since both suggestions are helpful I propose to split the points equally between war1 and darron_chapman. Then we can close the question. If it doesn't work out for me that's ok.
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by:donander
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Ok, I have tested IE Pro for MUCH longer than 1 week and have seen that it DOES save all the open tabs in the event of an IE and/or Windows crash/freeze. As this is exactly what I wanted in the first place I will accept war1's comment as the solution. Apologies to darron_chapman for my premature declaration of a solution earlier.
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