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How to add a "Open in new Window" option for Internet Shortcuts (.URLs) ?

Published: Sep 18, 2005
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Symptom

When you select a link in the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer, or from the Start Menu, the URL may open in an existing browser window, rather than opening a new instance of Internet Explorer.

Resolution

This problem can be resolved by adding an Open in new window entry in the right-click menu for URL files. Follow these steps:

Copy the following contents to Notepad, and save as "opennewurl.reg" (with quotes), and place it in the Desktop. Right-click opennewurl.reg file and choose Merge. You've now added the Open in New Window right-click entry for URL files.

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\open2]
@="Open in New window"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\open2\command]
@="rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l"
 

Additionally, make sure that the Reuse windows for launching shortcuts option is disabled in the Internet Options Advanced tab.

Here is another tip and a note from D@ny:

Yesterday I discovered this tip for Internet Explorer 7. By following similar indications in http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ie/urlopennew.htm for adding the Open in New Window option for Internet Shortcuts, I add the Open in New Tab option by modifying Windows registry.

Copy the following text to Notepad and save it as opennewtab.reg:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\OpenNewTab]
@="Open in New Tab"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\OpenNewTab\command]
@="rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL %l"