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When I used CTRL-N to open a new window with Firefox, it gives me a blank window (because I've set my start page to be blank).

How do I do the same thing with IE8? Using CTRL-N there opens a new window but it loads up the same page that was in the original window, even though the start page is set to about:blank.

This causes havoc when I'm on certain sites since those sites detect that I'm logged in twice and kick me out of both sessions.

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it would be polite to keep the original question so others could make use of it. I suppose the question is 'what is the hotkey for starting a new session on ie8' ? – Journeyman Geek Jan 31 '10 at 12:43
FWIW, there are simple alternative ways to open a blank new window in IE, not with Ctrl+N. – amiregelz Sep 1 '12 at 11:25

If you run Internet Explorer with the -nomerge switch, each new window won't share the session data from the previous window when launched from that shortcut.

Additionally, if you go to File->New Session this will open a new window with your default home page.

More Info

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"-merge" didn't seem to help, it still opened the same web page. And I was looking for a fast shortcut. Thanks anyway. – paxdiablo Nov 19 '09 at 2:18
This is awesome! Too bad there is no keyboard shortcut (by default - I saw the hints below). Does Firefox have this functionality? On the other side this is not the same as opening a new window with blank page. For that I used this workaround: open new tab, move the tab with mouse out of the window to become own window. ctrl-N opening a copy of the previous page is really silly (and not configurable on top of that, in what scenario would one want that behavior? – David Balažic Aug 21 '13 at 15:10

Hmm, seems as though IE 8's "New Session" feature does not have a hotkey. Well, we can fix that.

#IfWinActive ahk_class IEFrame
^n::Run, %PROGRAMFILES%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,,max
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Awesome. That worked wonders. I removed the ",,max" but that's just a personal preference. Both the class and the path were still correct for IE8. Thanks. – paxdiablo Nov 19 '09 at 2:16
Yeah I checked them before writing :) No problem. – John T Nov 19 '09 at 3:52

Make a new shortcut of iexplore.exe on the desktop and edit its shortcut key proprieties to CTRL+ALT+N, now CTRL+ALT+N will open a new IE window.

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Strange. I couldn't actually change the shortcut in properties. Don't know if that's a corporate lock-down thing or something else. Thanks anyway. – paxdiablo Nov 19 '09 at 2:19
just press "N" in that field – user8228 Nov 28 '09 at 2:27

In Windows 7, move IE to the first app in the task bar (if not already), press Windows + Shift + 1.

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