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In IE8 whenever I try and open a new tab (either ctrl-t or the new tab button) the tab opens, then is closed straight away. Any ideas how I can stop this happening?

(I can open new windows fine, but I much prefer tabs).

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If this is recent and working before, check what you've changed on the IE setup, any new plugins? – random Aug 12 '09 at 4:01
... or viruses? – TFM Aug 12 '09 at 8:13
No new plugins - only things likely to have changed are from windows updates. No viruses I'm aware of. – RodeoClown Aug 12 '09 at 23:36
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I had the same problem, I solved by uninstall IE8 and reinstall it.

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Thanks Nicu - the reinstall worked fine. – RodeoClown Sep 22 '09 at 4:57

I was having the same issue. The following steps fixed it for me:

  • go to Tools → Internet Options
  • go to the Advanced tab
  • click Reset
  • after resetting to default settings, restart IE8
  • after restarting IE click Cancel on the dialog box that comes up when IE8 is first used

I think some plugin that gets set by the dialog box is causing a conflict.

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Probably addins or conflicting programs

Start it without extensions and see if it happens Run>iexplore -extoff

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