Closing last tab without closing IE

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Kevin Dente, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Kevin Dente

    Kevin Dente Guest

    When there's only one tab open in IE7, is there a way to "close it" (which
    really means replace it with a blank tab) without closing IE?
    Kevin Dente, Jul 20, 2006
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  2. Kevin Dente

    Winnipeg Guest


    Have you tried clicking on the home icon next to the feeds icon.

    Winnipeg, Jul 20, 2006
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  3. Kevin Dente

    Kevin Lentin Guest

    The only problem is that most people's home pages are not very blank. And
    some take a while to load. There's definite value in being able to close all
    tabs and not close the application. All the MS Office apps (Excel, Word,
    etc) do it.

    Kevin Lentin, Jul 20, 2006

  4. Load About:Blank or About:Tabs

    About:Blank is often a user's Home page so then Alt-Home would work.

    Otherwise you could create Favorites out of them and assign keyboard
    shortcuts to the Favorites and use those to do it.

    Robert Aldwinckle, Jul 20, 2006
  5. Sandi - Microsoft MVP, Jul 22, 2006
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  7. Kevin Dente

    Kevin Lentin Guest


    That's semantics. There's almost no difference between Excel with all the
    windows sitting minimised across the bottom and IE7 with some tabs open.
    It's a single application container with multiple documents open within it.
    And you support the notion of the application container being open without
    any documents being open. I can have Excel open with its "Open" and "New"
    and similar functions exposed without a worksheet open. IE7 supports the
    same thing, effectively, using a single "about:blank" page but it would be
    nice if we could get there by closing the last document (tab).

    There's a difference between entering about:blank and having IE do it itself
    (apart from the latter being more friendly) - it doesn't leave history. And
    to achieve that means "new tab", "close tab".

    I suppose, for me, it's the way I define the tabbed browsing experience. IE7
    is an application and tabs are each a browsing session within that
    application. When I shut the last one, I'd like IE7 to hang around. It means
    I can always quickly get a new browsing session. Browsing so defines and
    dominates everything we do these days (there are so few enterprise
    applications any more - everything is browser based) that closing IE just
    slows things down.

    Kevin Lentin, Jul 24, 2006
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