Has anyone figured out a way to turn off tabs in IE11?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by XS11E, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. XS11E

    XS11E Guest

    I've Googled 'till my Google is exhausted but can't find any method
    that actually works.

    No matter what boxes I check or uncheck IE 11 keeps opening tabs, no
    matter what registry hacks I add I still get tabs!

    So back to IE 10, I'd like to update but not until I can turn off tabs.
    XS11E, Feb 19, 2014
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    VanguardLH Guest

    There is no option to disable tabbing in IE11.

    If you disable the following options, the only way to open a tab is if
    YOU choose to do so.

    Internet Options -> General tab -> Tabs

    When a popup is encountered:
    Always open popups in a new window.

    Open links from other programs in:
    A new window
    VanguardLH, Feb 19, 2014
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    XS11E Guest

    I know that, hence my post above. I'm looking for a way to do what IE
    11 won't let me do.
    I wish that were true, as I mentioned above, I've done all that but
    tabs continue to open. If you search the internet there are also
    several registry hacks but they also do NOT work, tabs still open.

    The only fix I find is going back to IE 10. I'll keep checking Google
    to see when someone finally makes IE 11 usable to me.
    XS11E, Feb 19, 2014
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    VanguardLH Guest

    "No matter what boxes I check or uncheck" didn't tell me what you did.
    So those options didn't help. Wouldn't using them result in just
    showing a single tab? If so, even that's untolerable?
    Are you using IE under a 32- or 64-bit version Windows?
    If you're adamant on using IE (Trident rendering engine) then maybe one
    of the "wrapper" web browsers might give you the behavior you want.
    These provide a different fronted (the UI) while still using the IE libs
    in the background to connect and render. The only one that I remember
    trialing a long time back was Maxthon. Apparently the latest version
    combines both the Trident (IE) and Webkit (Chrome, Safari, Opera)
    rendering engines. I haven't bothered keeping up with the IE frontend

    Otherwise, you'll have to stay back on an older version of IE that still
    has the features or behavior that you want.
    VanguardLH, Feb 19, 2014
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    XS11E Guest

    It should have since those same suggestions are all over the internet
    along with multiple comments from many users saying they don't work but
    you're right in that I could have been clearer..
    Nope, that allows IE to open dozens of tabs, it makes absolutely NO
    difference in tab behavior, no idea why?
    Absolutely. The most tabs I'll tolerate is zero!
    Im running Win7 64 bit.
    I've had few complaints with IE 10 or earlier versions, I'd like to
    upgrade to IE 11 just to keep up but since I've already determined that
    Win7 will be my last version of Windows I suppose IE 10 will have to do
    as well.
    XS11E, Feb 20, 2014
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    VanguardLH Guest

    With those options set as mentioned, popups open in a new window and
    links in other programs open a new window. So the rest of the tabs are
    how you chose to load a page. How are you getting the tabs to show up?
    If you click on a hyperlink, the page shows up in the current tab, not
    in a new tab. If you right-click on a hyperlink, it's up to you whether
    the page loads in a new tab or new window. If you middle-click (or
    Ctrl+leftclick) the mouse on a hyperlink in IE (or Firefox or Chrome),
    that's a shortcut to "open in new tab". What are you doing to open all
    those other tabs?
    I asked because editing the registry for 64-bit Windows means there are
    entries for 32- and 64-bit. The hacks might have you editing in the
    wrong place. I don't know what hacks to which you refer because you
    didn't mention any (by procedure or the web page) and I don't know what
    search strings you used in which search engine.


    Since IE10, and for Windows 64, IE is a frakenjob app. The chrome is
    64-bit while the tabs are 32-bit. This was to make add-ons more
    compatible with a 64-bit version of the web browser rather than wait
    until all those slow authors decided to get around to making 64-bit
    versions of their add-ons. For IE9, and earlier, you saw a 32- and
    64-bit shortcut to IE. For IE10 and later, there's just one shortcut.
    Even the one that points to the 32-bit path is just a loader for the
    64-bit version of IE.
    The major web browsers have all embraced tabbing. Other than the
    options already mentioned, and depending on how you are opening those
    tabs, you might have to change your behavior, like right-clicking a
    hyperlink and using the "Open in new window" context menu.

    I suspect you won't be able to completely get rid of tabbing in IE. I
    haven't used Google Chrome for awhile. Firefox is very modifiable
    through extensions, like:


    By the way, if you happen to open a web page in a new tab in IE (or
    Firefox or Chrome) but really want it as a separate window, all you have
    to do is drag the tab out of the chrome; i.e., drag a tab outside the
    window and a new window is opened containing the dragged tab.
    VanguardLH, Feb 21, 2014
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    XS11E Guest

    Just left clicking on any link, a new tab opens.

    Seems IE 10 is going to be the fix, I have run into some major
    problems that mean I have no time and less interest in getting the
    PC to behave.

    Thanks for the help, BTW, much appreciated!
    There are several I've found, I tried this:

    (scroll to the bottom for the reg.a entries)

    This seems to be for 32 bits only but it's easy to mod so it should
    work with 64 bit (I think.)

    I found others but they were all reported to not work.
    XS11E, Feb 21, 2014
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    VanguardLH Guest

    That's strange. When I (and everyone else I've seen using any web
    browser) left-clicks on a hyperlink the destination page loads in the
    existing window UNLESS the hyperlink itself specified the target=_blank
    attribute. With that attribute, the hyperlink is requesting the client
    to open the destination as a new document rather than replacing the
    current document.

    I've used the target=_blank attribute in the <A> tag, for example, in
    the HTML for my eBay auctions when I want to show users more
    information, like technical details from the manufacturer. This lets
    them choose see the info in another window or tab without taking them
    away from my eBay auction page. It looks something like:

    <A href=[destinationURL] ... target=_blank>See here for tech specs</A>

    There may be other ways a hyperlink or a scripted event on a web page
    makes you open a new document that requires its own window or tab but
    this one I know as it's pretty simple. So look at the hyperlinks you
    are clicking on. Look at their properties and may find it is either an
    <A> tag using the target attribute to open a new document or an on-click
    event handler (javascript) that handles opening a new window (which
    could be a new window or new tab). That's the web site wanting to
    exhibit behavior you do not prefer. If you use a non-tabbing web
    browser then it would be forced to open a whole new window to show the
    new document. A tabbing web browser would open the new document in a
    new tab. So the hyperlink is the one forcing the display of a page as a
    new document (in a window or tab) and not the web browser. With these
    tricks, clicking on a hyperlink *replaces* the current page with the one
    specified as the destination for the hyperlink.
    VanguardLH, Feb 22, 2014
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