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I have added certain to open sites to my IE11 browser so that that can open up. When I open IE the only thing that opens is just my home page . Though they do show up under the home icon in the browser. can you help fix this problem ?
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAsked:
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go into IE properties and internet options and on general tab click tabs button and make sure you don't have open only the first home page when internet eplorer starts check marked

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Not sure if I understand but it sounds like you want to open multiple tabs when you open IE. If this is correct, do the following:

Open Internet Explorer.
Click the gear-shaped icon at top-right corner of the browser (hovering over this icon will say Tools).
Select Internet options from the menu.
Go to the General tab.
In the text area provided under the Home page section, enter the web addresses of web pages you want to automatically load when Internet Explorer starts – one per line.
Click Apply. Click Ok.

It will look like this:

Now when you open IE, a tab will open for each web page you want.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Try this:

Internet Options

In the Startup section, tick the Start with tabs from the last session box:
IE start with tabs from last session
Regards, Joe
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
I did what you suggested. The problem when I click on the IE icon in the task bar the only thing that opens up is just my home page , However when I click on the home icon in the command bar on the right then all the tabs open up?  very strange.
Ahhhhh.... This is actually a well known "bug" that has been around for a while. To see if it is the "bug" I am speaking of, please try this test.

Open IE and then open the webpages you want. Once you have them open, please close IE. Now, before opening IE again, please open Task Manager and see if there is still an iexplorer process running. If there is, please select it and then click on End Process. Once the process is gone from the task manager list, close task manager and then open IE again. See if the proper pages open.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I think what's happening is that the check-mark in the Start with tabs from the last session box is not sticking. Look at it now — it has probably reverted back to Start with home page. So there's good news and bad news. The good news is that if you right-click on the IE shortcut and select Run as administrator, then put the check-mark in the Start with tabs from the last session box, it will stick — next time you run IE it will be there. The bad news (at least, here in my W7 Pro 64-bit with IE11) is that it still doesn't open the tabs from the last session even though that box is checked.

I don't know what to tell you, other than don't use IE. I've had so many problems over the years with IE that I've stopped using it. My primary browser now is Firefox, which typically has about 200 tabs, and always starts a new session with them, although I like to save them occasionally in a text file just in case something goes awry — here's an article that explains how:
How to save the names and URLs of open Firefox tabs in a plain text file

My secondary browser is Chrome and third choice is Opera. Another well-regarded browser is Safari, which I don't use. Regards, Joe
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I was typing my comment while flubbster was posting his. He is correct! After closing IE11, Task Manager still shows these processes:

iexplore processes after closing IE
After deleting both processes, IE11 will now bring up the tabs from the previous session (if the right box is checked, as shown in my previous post). Problem is, this happens every time IE11 runs, so every time you exit IE, you'll have to remember to kill those processes. Btw, killing the first one (iexplore.exe) automatically kills the second one (iexplore.exe *32). If you load IE at the beginning of the day and leave it up all the time, this isn't a burden; but if you're often loading and exiting IE, this would be a real pain.

Thanks to flubbster for a great tip! Learn something new every day here at EE! Regards, Joe

P.S. All of that said, I'll stick with Firefox and Chrome. :)
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
If you are always going to open those same tabs at startup, IE may not be the best choice.  You can do exactly what you want in Chrome.  Also Opera has builtin "Speeddial" groups.  Or you can add the OneTab plugin to Firefox or Chrome.  

For Onetab,

install onetab from the plugin repository for chrome or firefox
open the tabs you want open for each time
on the onetab page click the options link onetab optionsScroll down to the startup section and be sure that it is set to open on startuponetab startup optionsclick the onetab icon onetab icon in the top right corner of the browser, this will gather all the tabs into one tab with links
click the more link next to the collection of tabs more linkChoose the links to lock and star the group onetab more options (you can also rename the group)
The final product should look like this lock and star
Now when you open your browser simply click restore all.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> More than one expert has contributed to an answer here so please give them credit where it's due.

I agree. I think that flubbster's second post (http:#a40738720) should be the Accepted Solution. I also think that my two posts about Start with tabs from the last session (http:#a40738635 and http:#a40738747) deserve some credit, as this issue is a key to the solution (especially making it "sticky"). One could also argue that tmoore1962's post (http:#a40738628) has value and that my post following up on flubbster's post (http:#a40738858) has value (showing the Task Manager screenshot of the processes, explaining that killing the first one also kills the second one, and pointing out that it must be done each time IE is exited). Shows you how tricky this "credit where it's due" business is. :)

Bottom line for me: I'm fine with however this closes. There won't be any objection from me no matter how it closes. Regards, Joe
I also have no objection to the credit being shared. I just thought the way it stood as closed was unfair.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Well, I hate to say it, but at the risk of being a nitpicker, I think the closing still needs work:

(1) tmoore1962's post should not be the Accepted Solution. It should be an Assisted Solution.

(2) flubbster's post selected as an Assisted Solution is the wrong post. In fact, that post was based on a misunderstanding of the question (the author does not want to open multiple home pages — he wants to restore tabs from the previous session) and should not even be an Assisted Solution. The correct flubbster post, which deserves the lion's share of the credit and should be the Accepted Solution, is <http:#a40738720>.

(3) My post that was selected as an Assisted Solution is a reasonable choice, but the post that describes how to make Start with tabs from the last session (http:#a40738747) stick is a better choice (or maybe a small number of points for each).

To the extent that it's important for the PAQ to reflect the correct solution, I recommend the changes above. Just one person's opinion, of course. Regards, Joe
Eloquently stated Joe. Thank you.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
I am sorry but had I known my question was going to cause this many issues I would have rather not asked it. I am still new to this. I was trying to be fair to all who had helped. How do assign you as the accepted solution. Please advise.

I personally think you have gone through enough on this question. Please do not think that Joe is criticizing you. He is not. He is simply explaining what he thinks would have been a better way to assign the points. In my opinion, there is no need for any further changes on this question. Do not be upset. In the future, simply start with the response that provided the best solution to your question as the "Accepted Answer." Then assign any other points to any "Assisted Solution" as you see fit. Often, there is only one answer that helps and that person receives all the points if you like. It is completely up to you.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Basem,

> I would have rather not asked it

As the old saying goes, let's not throw out the baby with the bath water. Asking questions and getting answers is what it's all about!

> am still new to this

We were all new at one point. Stick with it and you'll become a pro at it.

> I was trying to be fair to all who had helped.

Yes, I know you were, and that's very important.

> How do assign you as the accepted solution.

My post should not be the Accepted Solution — flubbster's should be. Btw, flubbster is correct that I am not criticizing you. However, closing questions properly is a very important element for the community here at Experts Exchange. That's why the Admin, eenookami, gave you links to seven articles on the subject of closing a question — it is that important!

> Please advise.

I recommend trying the close one more time. I'll file a Request Attention to have an EE Admin re-open this. Here's my opinion on how you should close it:

Points 300 and Best Solution (this will become the Accepted Solution)
http:#a40738720 (flubbster)

Points 100 (this will become an Assisted Solution)
http:#a40738628 (tmoore1962)

Points 50 (this will become an Assisted Solution)
http:#a40738635 (Joe Winograd)

Points 50 (this will become an Assisted Solution)
http:#a40738747 (Joe Winograd)

If you prefer a different allocation of points, that's fine. I really don't care about the exact points. The more important issue is getting the right comment as the Accepted (Best) Solution and the right comments as the Assisted Solutions. I think the four posts that I mentioned above are the right ones — but, again, all of this is your decision as the author of the question. Regards, Joe

You missed your calling as an Ambassador. Very well said.


(Flubbster was my Army nickname from 37 years ago. Have kept it alive ever since.)
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
This has not been fun. The experts are telling me something and the moderator is saying something different.
Flubbster"In the future, simply start with the response that provided the best solution to your question as the "Accepted Answer."

eenookami"I've reopened the question for you to either continue or close appropriately.  More than one expert has contributed to an answer here so please give them credit where it's due.
Why can't I decide my self whether the entire points need to go to one person and assign as the accepted solution? I feel I am being dictated to assign as accepted and assign points  by someone else. I should be able to make that decision on my own and just because someone contributed something that does not necessarily means it has helped . But I know as a general principle in life to give credit where credit is due. I did what I thought in my own mind was fair but I guess I am not.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
I am unable to assign the points like Joe suggested. or change the type of answer. If you can do that go ahead and apply what Joe suggested in his last entry otherwise I am not messing with this question anymore. you can close it is fine by me for the last time.

this is Joe's last reply-give the points like he suggested

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Joe Winograd2015-04-24 at 11:44:42ID: 40742737
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
OK, Basem, leave it as is, if that's what you prefer. In addition to getting answers, the EE community should be fun, so I'm sorry to hear that this one hasn't been fun for you. That said, I surely hope you'll agree that the post currently marked as the Accepted (Best) Solution is not the Best.

For the record, the Admin (Moderator) and the experts all said the same thing. Every message has made suggestions on closing — no one has dictated anything to you. Every comment has stated that it's a suggestion/recommendation and that the ultimate disposition lies with you, the author. Regards, Joe
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi eenookami,
My last post crossed in cyberspace with Basem's last post. I'm sorry for causing grief on this one — I'm simply trying to have it "close appropriately" (to steal your language). In any case, please close it as you see fit — or leave it as is, if you think that's appropriate. There shall be no more input from this peanut gallery. :)  Thanks, Joe
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