Firefox doesn't exit when I close the last tab, just by doing some customization in about:config. But now, my company has to work with some website that only works well on Internet Explorer. I currently use Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP SP3. So, how do I prevent Internet Explorer 8 from exiting when closing the last tab? I've searched for such a feature for a while but found nothing helpful.

I gave up with my "customization habit", now I'm trying to live with IE world, ... phew...

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    The obvious question is why leave a program running that isn't doing anything?
    – uSlackr
    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:59
  • On my IE8, it's not possible to close the last tab. There's no X on the tab, and the "Close tab" option is grayed out on the right-click menu - after you close the second-to-the-last tab.
    – bwall
    Sep 14, 2011 at 13:04
  • @uSlackr: my Firefox just open-a-new-blank-tab when I close the last tab.
    – Luke
    Sep 14, 2011 at 17:31
  • @bwall: on my IE8, I can use Ctrl+W or Alt+F+C to close the last tab, so I posted this question.
    – Luke
    Sep 14, 2011 at 17:32
  • Why not just manually open a blank tab before closing the last tab? Or open a blank tab when the browser starts, and just never close it, or use it.
    – Zoredache
    Sep 15, 2011 at 4:17

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Many tries then I found that there is no way to do this thing!
Finally, I gave up with my "customization habit", now I'm trying to live with IE world, ... (:-|)


Consider switching to Firefox, it can be configured to leave last tab open and fill it with the default home page, a blank page, or your original home page (since I use DuckDuckGo search as my home page, this is convenient).

For IE -- Just open a home page as your second page in IE before closing the remaining page.

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