How to Restore Default “New Tab” Page in Internet Explorer 8?

If you are using Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), you might have noticed the "New Tab" page which shows a few handy links to open recently closed tabs, open InPrivate browsing window, etc:

IE8_New_Tab_Page.png

Sometimes the "New Tab" page is replaced by a Blank page. It might be due to some tweaking software or change in Internet Options.

If you are facing the same problem and want to get the "New Tab" page back in IE8, please follow these simple instructions:

1. Open Internet Explorer and go to "Tools -> Internet Options". If you can't see Menubar, you can access it by pressing "ALT" key.

2. Now click on "Settings" button in "Tabs" section.

IE8_Internet_Options.png

3. Now select "The new tab page" option from the drop-down box given in "When a new tab is opened, open:" section.

IE8_Tabbed_Browsing_Settings.png

4. That's it. Click on OK button and now you'll get the default "New Tab" page back in IE8.





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Comments

  • Hi VG,
    I am not a big fan of IE, but I would like to know how to: how to automatically open a new tab when clicking on a site in bookmarks without first creating the new tab on the taskbar?

    Thanks.

  • VG

    ^^ There is no built-in option to do this but you can either middle-click on the bookmark or press "CTRL" key while clicking on the bookmark to open it in a new tab. Same applies to links present in a webpage.

  • Thanks mate, that was helpful.

    Cheers!

  • i downloaded something which changed my default new tab page to "fun moods search", so now even if I follow the instructions here, it still shows me this page. i want to restore my new tab page so that it goes to explorer's new tab page, like it used to do before. how can i do this?

  • Ok never mind. i just say president Kush's comment about how to do this.

  • *saw

  • Thanks dear.........

  • Great!!!!

  • This did not work for me.

  • Thanks for this post, i will try that.

  • Thanks for this post, i will try this.

  • Well done on settings change for me that was bringing up Blank Page

  • Thank You , Thank You, Thank You...
    I did what you suggested and it worked Perfectly.
    U R the BEST !!!!

    IE7

  • Thank you so much for this.
    It was extremely helpful.

  • I can't find the tool thing that looks like that.
    I need someone to physically help me with this.

  • VG

    ^^ Press ALT+X keys together.

  • THATS IT FINALLY!!!
    IF YOU HAVE IE8 THEN CLICK TABS THEN IN DROP DOWN WHERE IT SAYS ( WHEN A NEW TAB OPENS) CHANGE FROM BLANK PAGE IN DROP DOWN TO (THE NEW TAB PAGE) AND APPLY
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hi VG.

    I have followed your instructions, step by step, over and over again, and have restarted my computer (about 10 times) after each try, but the "open in new tab" function has not been restored. Is there another way of restoring it?

    Please help! I'm starting to get frustrated.

    :(

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