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31-08-2004, 10:10:32
You know that sometimes, when you open up an application that requires use of an IE window, the thing chooses an already open window ? Usually one you want left well alone. Well is there any way to prevent that, forcing it to open up it's own darn window ?

I was thinking mainly of shortcut properties, or shortcut whatever. Although any general useful answer gratefully received too.


31-08-2004, 10:25:26
Goto Tools | Internet Options | Advanced

De-select the option under the Browsing category entitled:
'Re-use windows for launching shortcuts"

31-08-2004, 11:05:31
Thanks ! It hadn't occurred to me that it'd be an IE option, but, as I implied, a shortcut option. And I would have thought that the company would have greyed out all the IE Internet advanced options, but they've not !

Have made the change, will have to see how it goes :)


31-08-2004, 16:08:21
OK another similar question regarding Google. I tick the preference " Open search results in a new browser window" but it too pinches one already open. Is there any way of dealing with that ? It seems unaffected by the suggested change.

Immortal Wombat
01-09-2004, 04:56:47
Holding down shift as you click it should work AFAIK.

01-09-2004, 07:50:07
Thanks. Yes and right clicking and selecting "open in new window " too. But I was rather hoping not to have to since I often forget and it will inevitably choose a window I want left alone.

01-09-2004, 08:19:24
I usually just open a new IE window so that it's the one on top, and then go use whatever steals an open IE window. Usually works fine, unless it's one of those rare old school openers, which always steals the first IE window.

01-09-2004, 10:35:16
I just use Firefox :)

01-09-2004, 13:32:51
Tried that, some non-IE browsers get problems with downloading from certain sites that refuse to download using them.

01-09-2004, 14:15:16
True, but those sites are few. I still have IE for those, but for everyday use Firefox rules.