Configure new tab page default behavior

When users open a new tab page, they can choose whether the new tab opens a blank page (about:blank), the first page of their home page set, or the new tab page. This policy setting allows you to specify what is displayed when a user opens a new tab.

If you enable this policy setting, you can choose from the list which page to display when new tabs are opened: new tab page, about:blank page, or the user's homepage.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will be able to select their preference for this behavior. The new tab page is the default setting.


Supported on: At least Internet Explorer 8.0
New tab behavior


  1. about:blank
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing
    Value NameNewTabPageShow
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0
  2. Home page
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing
    Value NameNewTabPageShow
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  3. New tab page
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing
    Value NameNewTabPageShow
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2


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