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IE7 - Force a new window, rather than a new tab

Posted on 2008-10-27
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I have a couple of windows that I leave up all day on separate instances of IE7 - let's call them "dedicated instances". From time to time, as I hit links, I  will end up in a new tab on one of these dedicated instances, rather than in a new instance.

What is the best way to "lock down" a specific instance of IE so that it will not be made available for new links?

Thanks,
David

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by:jcimarron
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anyoneis--I assume you are operating from a third instance of IE, not the two dedicated windows.  If you always right click on links in the third window and "Open in New Window" I would not think you would affect the dedicated instances.
Except for Saving the dedicated windows as Web Archives (.mht)  I do not know a method to lock a window for certain.
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by:anyoneis
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I think I explained my issue poorly. I am not sure if this behavior is new with IE 7, but it sure is annoying.

It appears to me that when "the system" needs an IE window, it will sometimes reuse an existing one with a new tab and sometimes it will open up a new instance.

I'm not talking about clicking on a link on a page in IE, and using control to modify the behavior. Rather, I am talking about clicking on a link in, for example, an email.

It it the last IE instance which is chosen to host the new tab?

David
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by:anyoneis
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The last sentence s/b:

Is it the last IE instance which is chosen to host the new tab?

David
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anyoneis--Try IE Tools|Internet Explorer|General tab|Tabs|Settings.  Check the box "A New Window" in the section "Open Links from other programs in "
I have that box checked.  When I click alink in an email or webpage, the new page opens a new window, not a tab on the existing window.
I assume you are very familiar with the procedures for using tabs http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/internet.mspx  (see Tabbed Browsing section)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/ie7/tour/tabs/how.html
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by:anyoneis
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Sweet!  

You wrote: "I assume you are very familiar with the procedures for using tabs"

I am now!

(Thank you )^2

David
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