How to Stop Multiple Tabs From Opening in Internet Explorer

Change Internet Explorer startup options if the browser opens multiple tabs.
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If Internet Explorer opens multiple tabs when you start the browser, multiple URLs have likely been saved in the Home Pages field in the Internet Options settings. You may have visited a site that added the URLs, or your computer may be infected with malware. Several viruses are known to write URLs to your Internet Options. You can change the URLs back to the URL for your selected home page from either Internet Explorer or from the Windows Settings menu. However, the malware still may reside on the computer. Be sure to remove the malware with an anti-virus program to stop further damage to your machine.

1 From Internet Explorer

2 Close all Internet Explorer windows

Close all Internet Explorer windows, then open a single instance of the browser.

3 Tap the Tools icon

Tap the Tools icon, then tap “Internet Options” in the Tools menu. The Internet Options dialog box opens, and the General tab is active.

4 Delete all URLs from the Home Pages field

Delete all URLs from the Home Pages field.

Type the correct URL for your home page. You can also browse to the site you want to save as your home page, then click “Add Current Site” with the site open in the browser window.

Click the “Start with Home Page” radio button in the Startup section.

Tap “Apply,” then tap “OK” to close the dialog box.

Close, then reopen Internet Explorer. The browser should open one window with one tab, displaying your selected home page.

5 From Windows Settings

Close all open Internet Explorer windows, then open one instance of IE. Browse to the site to assign as your home page.

Tap the “Settings” icon in the Windows Charms menu, then tap “Options.”

Tap the “Customize” button in the Home Pages section of the Options window.

Click the “Add Current Site” button. Delete any additional URLs from the Home Pages field.

Tap “Apply,” then “OK” to save the settings.

  • Information provided in this article applies to Microsoft Internet Explorer 11. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of the browser.
  • When you change the Home Page settings in the Internet Options dialog box, the settings are simultaneously changed in the Internet Explorer Start feature.
  • You can automatically return Internet Explorer to default settings. Tap the “Advanced” tab in the Internet Options dialog box, then tap “Reset.” Tap “Reset" once again in the Reset Internet Explorer section. Internet Explorer is returned to default settings.

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.