Why Do Internet Explorer New Tabs Open So Slowly? (and How Do I Fix It?)

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Ever noticed how opening Internet Explorer can take forever on some PCs? That’s generally because your add-ons are slowing it down to a crawl—and even worse than that, they affect creating new tabs as well.

Over at the official Internet Explorer blog, they’ve put together a chart that shows the most popular add-ons sorted by the amount of slowness they add to IE’s load times, but you can check for yourself and disable the add-ons if you want to. We’ve also got a copy of the chart below.

Disable Add-Ons in IE

We’ve already covered how to manage and troubleshoot add-ons in Internet Explorer, and you should definitely check out that article for a more in-depth look at the subject, but here’s the quick and dirty method…

Head to Tools –> Manage Add-ons from the menu:

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Once you’re there, you’ll notice a column on the right called “Load time”, which will show how many seconds an add-on is adding to the loading process.

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You can select the add-ons and click the Disable button to get rid of them. You’ll probably want to make sure that you’ve changed the drop-down for “Currently loaded add-ons” to “All add-ons” instead.

50 Slowest Popular Add-ons for IE8

Looking at this chart, if you’re using the AVG Safe Search add-on, your browser is taking an extra second to load. If you’ve got multiple of these add-ons loaded, it could be even worse.

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If your browser is really hosed, you should check out our guide to completely resetting Internet Explorer to the default settings, which can fix just about any problem you might have.

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