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Opening Two Tabs In Internet Explorer with Group Policy Settings

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Is is possible using Group Policy to make internet explorer open two tabs.

You can make your browser open two websites easily but how can you make this happen via group policy.

Via Windows Active Directory
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For backwards compatibility with older versions of IE, the Home Page value is set across two different registry settings. The key is HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main. Within there, there is a 'Start Page' string value and a 'Secondary Start Pages' value.

The 'Start Page' is the main Home Page which is opened by IE, and is the only page which will be opened if the same registry settings are applied to an older browser than IE 7. The Secondary Start Pages string values are the other entries in the Home Page setting.

The Group Policy setting you reference above only affects the 'Start Page' value, not the Secondary Start Pages. IE will only process the first entry from the Start Page value, which explains why this does not work.

To have additional home pages open, you would need to use a custom ADM/ADMX file to set that value for the Secondary Start Pages in the registry key I mentioned above.

-Matt
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