In IE8 whenever I try and open a new tab (either ctrlt 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).

  • If this is recent and working before, check what you've changed on the IE setup, any new plugins?
    – random
    Aug 12, 2009 at 4:01
  • ... or viruses?
    – TFM
    Aug 12, 2009 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, 2009 at 23:36

3 Answers 3


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


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.


Probably addins or conflicting programs

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

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