Disable Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer 7

Why you’d want to disable tabbed browsing is a mystery to me, but I received a request for a registry hack to force IE7 to not use tabs. I can only assume that it has to do with keeping users from too much confusion when upgrading from IE6.

There’s two ways that you can disable tabbed browsing. The easiest way is to just follow these steps:

  • Click the Tools button, and choose Internet Options
  • Click the Settings button in the Tabs section:
  • Uncheck Tabbed Browsing as shown here:


This method is probably the simplest, and should usually be used.

If you are a system administrator, here are some registry hacks to Enable/Disable Tabbed Browsing. Just unzip, and double-click. Note that the disable registry hack will force the setting on the users, so they can’t enable it without the enable registry hack.


IE7 without tabs:

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