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Until now I could properly get rid of tabbed browsing. Now, with the release of IE11, it appears the Disable Tabbed Browsing option has gone AWOL. Is it actually gone or is there a registry tweak that can properly get rid of them?

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I believe its no longer possible. The registry location is

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Ynternet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing

You used to be able to create a DWORD called Enabled and set its value as 0, but this does nothing anymore.

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That's what I feared. I'm going to leave it open for a while longer to see if anyone else comes up with some alternative options. I really hope there is a way to do it as IE was the only browser that actually disabled them (you could do it with plugins in other browsers but they never worked properly). –  James Snell Nov 12 '13 at 15:26
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Here's what I found easiest on Win7:

  1. Right click on your title bar or menu bar

  2. Enable "Show tabs on a separate row"

  3. Goto Tools>Internet Options>Tabs

  4. Deselect all the Tabbed Browsing options

  5. Move down to the section: "When a new tab is opened, open:"

  6. In the drop down menu select "Your first home page"

Click "OK" and then "Apply"

Restart IE11. Going forward your will, unfortunately, have an extra bar across the top, but every time you open a new window it will be the first tab, so to speak. You won't have all the tabs populated across the toolbar.

Not exactly disabling, but it works for me. Hope this helps others.

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Thanks for that contribution - for me the problem is that tabs are just really poor UI design. If Ctrl+Click a link in a new window I could probably live with it. –  James Snell Nov 14 '13 at 21:04
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"...If Ctrl+Click a link in a new window I could probably live with it."

hmmm...

Crtl+click appears to be working for me. From a link in a Word doc, it opens in an IE11 Window. Are you looking for something else?

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Ctrl+Click from a link in IE opens a new tab. You can control what it does from other apps (there's an option for that). I can right-click and use the context menu but that's annoying. Other apps (Word etc) will open a new window, but that's not even close to being the same. –  James Snell Nov 14 '13 at 23:12
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The option to enable or disable tabbed browsing is not available on IE11 Windows7. I have also found that when closing a tab it also closes the original page (not every time) unless someone can come up with a solution it will be system restore for me to head back to my previous browser

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The option's not available on IE11 at all (Windows 7 or 8.1) it was a design decision to remove it apparently. –  James Snell Nov 14 '13 at 20:58
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