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Internet Explorer (5.01) and above opens hyperlinks from e-mail messages, Office or proprietary applications, and other programs within existing Internet Explorer sessions, rather than in new windows.
Default settings enable Windows to "reuse" Internet Explorer sessions, which can interrupt browser sessions.
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- Open Internet Explorer.
- Select Tools from the menu bar.
- Click Internet Options.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Uncheck Reuse Windows For Launching Shortcuts (under Browsing).
- Click OK.
If this complaint is common within your organization, you may wish to consider instructing users to execute the steps above on all systems. Advanced users may edit the Windows registry to disable the default behavior of opening links in existing windows by following these steps:
- Click Start | Run, typing regedit, and clicking OK.
- Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main key.
- Locate the AllowWindowReuse value. If the AllowWindowReuse value does not exist, create a DWORD value with that name by clicking Edit | New | Key | DWORD Value.
- Specify a DWORD value of 0.
- Click File | Exit and reboot the system.
Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.