There is a new GPO added which lets you disable the Reopen Last Browsing Session option. If you enable this policy setting, users will not be able to use the Reopen Last Browsing Session option from the Tools menu. This works in Internet Explorer 8 and higher.
Method 1: Using the Registry Editor
Launch Regedit.exe and go to the following branch:
Note: The Recovery key does not exist by default. You need to create one manually.
Create a new DWORD value named NoReopenLastSession
Double-click NoReopenLastSession and set its value data to 1
Exit the Registry Editor.
Method 2: Using the Group Policy Editor
Launch the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and go to:
User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Internet Explorer
Set Turn off Reopen Last Browsing Session to Enabled.
Editor’s Note: Note that enabling this Policy only disables the Reopen Last Browsing Session option in the Tools menu in Internet Explorer. However, Internet Explorer still saves the last browsing session history (in two .dat files) regardless of this Policy setting.
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