How to Restore the “You’ve opened a new tab” Window when opening a New Tab in IE

When you open a new tab in Internet Explorer 7, the about:Tabs page opens which contains information about tabbed browsing and lists available tab shortcuts in Internet Explorer. If you had enabled the Don’t show this page again checkbox and closed the tab window, every new tab opens with a blank page. Here is how to reverse the setting if you need to restore the about:Tabs page at a later stage.

Launch Regedit.exe and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ TabbedBrowsing

Right-click the value named ShowTabsWelcome and choose Delete

Exit the Registry Editor.

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2 thoughts on “How to Restore the “You’ve opened a new tab” Window when opening a New Tab in IE

  1. If you just type into the the address box ONLY ‘about:Tabs’ it should take you there,then you can add it to your home pages and make it the default…whatever you like.You also may have to tweak your Tools -> Internet Options -> Tabs Settings. See Brians good article if that doesn’t work on

    Good luck!Took me ages to work it all out going ‘blind’ into it!!

  2. For me, that still doesn’t work!
    Grrr, I’ve tried everything! Went in my tabbed browsing settings (it is on “new tab page”), did what you said here…
    Nothing, nadda. It still says “internet explorer cannot display this page” instead of giving me the proper “you’ve opened a new tab” page (the one with the info about the tabs I previously closed, etc)


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