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

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:

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

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

  1. 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.

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

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