How to Enable Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer

What is tabbed browsing? It is a feature available in Internet Explorer which allows you to open multiple webs in a single browser window. In this manner, you can open several websites in one single browser window. You can switch between these different tabs and use multiple websites at one time. Thus in order to make full use of Internet Explorer nowadays, one needs to know what is tabbed browsing.


In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable tabbed browsing in internet explorer. Furthermore, we will teach you to work with the turn off tabbed browsing feature in local group policy editor.

Step 1 – Go to Internet Options

If the “New Tab” option is disabled by default in Internet Explorer, you can enable the feature by clicking on the “Tools” tab and selecting the “Internet Properties” option from the drop down menu that appears.

Open Internet options

Step 2 – Open the General settings

Once the Internet options window appears on your screen, go to the tabs section in the general tab and click on the settings button.

Click open the General settings

Step 3 – Enable Tabbed Browsing

Once done, the Tabbed Browsing Settings window opens up. Over here, tick on the check box titled “Enable Tabbed Browsing”. Once you’re done, click on the “Ok” button at the bottom to proceed further. You will need to restart Internet explorer to enable tabbed browsing.

Activate Tabbed Browsing

Step 4 – Open a new tab

Now when you open up the browser, move to the files menu on top and you will be able to see that the new tab option has been enabled. Once you click on it, a new tab opens up in the browser.

Click on the new tab option

Step 5 – Open Local Group Policy Editor

You can also change the settings of the browser from the Local Group Policy Editor.
In order to do that, press the “win + r” key to open up the run command. In the run command, type in “gpedit.msc” and hit the “enter” key to open up the Local Group Policy Editor.

Run Local Group Policy Editor

Step 6 – Turn off Tabbed Browsing option

Over there, move to the “Administrative Template” directory within the user configuration section and move over to “Windows Components”. With that done, click on “Internet Properties” and in the pane towards the right side of the window, locate and double click on “Turn off tabbed browsing”.

Tabbed Browsing option in Internet Properties

Step 7 – Enable turn off tabbed browsing feature

When the turned off tabbed browsing settings window opens up, you will see 3 options; “Not configured”, “Enabled” and “Disabled”. Over there, if you click on the “Enabled” option, tabbed browsing will be disabled in internet explorer.

Activate turn off tabbed browsing feature