How to Disable the “Reopen Last Browsing Session” Feature in Internet Explorer

Earlier we saw how to clear the last browsing session history in Internet Explorer using CCleaner. 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

1. Launch Regedit.exe and go to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery

Note: The Recovery key does not exist by default. You need to create one manually.

2. Create a new DWORD value named NoReopenLastSession

3. Double-click NoReopenLastSession and set its value data to 1

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

Registry Fix

To automate the above, download Unzip and run the file noreopenlastsession.reg.

Method 2: Using the Group Policy Editor

1. Launch the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and go to:

User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer

2. Set Turn off Reopen Last Browsing Session to Enabled.

3. Exit the Group Policy Editor.

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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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

4 thoughts on “How to Disable the “Reopen Last Browsing Session” Feature in Internet Explorer

  1. Thanks for the link to automate — no reopen last session. This was very annoying. I have added your website to my favorites page.

  2. Once again, it show MS did not know what they are doing. sometime people do want to restore the las browsed sessions – accidentally closed the browser with multiple tabs. Chrome.exe has the command line to –restore-last-session
    to let users create a short cut to reopen the previous sessions. Why is this so hard for them to understand.

  3. I am using Vista 64-bit with IE8. I needed to add a QWORD (64-bit) Value instead of a DWORD (32-bit) Value in order for this to work. Hope this helps.

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