When you open a new tab in Internet Explorer 8 Beta, the New Tab page (about:Tabs) opens by default. If you want to start with a blank page or your home page when opening new tab, you can do so using Internet Options.

1. Open Internet Explorer 8

2. Click Tools, Internet Options

3. Under Tabs section, click Settings

4. In When a new tab is opened, open:, choose an option from the drop down box. The available options are:

  • A blank page
  • The new tab page (default)
  • Your first home page

5. Click OK, and OK.

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  1. Ron Boydston
    said this on Tuesday, December 3rd 2013 8:43 pm

    Finally got an answer to my question and it was so easy. Thanks

  2. Brandy
    said this on Thursday, January 31st 2013 9:54 pm

    In FireFox, you can install SpeedDial and it will show you 9 sites that you choose (in little boxes). You can also have different tabs and they can each have up to 9 sites.

    I’m still looking for something in IE, though.

  3. joseph
    said this on Thursday, December 6th 2012 9:51 am

    Thanks for this post, i will try that.

  4. Bryann Montoya
    said this on Wednesday, March 17th 2010 2:45 am

    I recently upgraded to windows 7 and had to re instal internet explorer. i used to be able to open a new tab and it would show me a layout of all my most visited sites. I loved this feature and can’t seem to get it back. Not only can i not get it back in internet explorer but in fire fox either. please help me figure out how to change it back.

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