- Double-clicking an Internet shortcut (.url file) from within Windows Explorer.
- Opening a URL by clicking Start, and then clicking Run.
- Using a desktop toolbar, such as the Address or Links bar.
This setting is selected by default, resulting in behavior consistent with prior versions of Internet Explorer.
NOTE: When exploring Web sites through the Favorites menu or Links toolbar, the existing instance of Internet Explorer is always used, regardless of whether the Reuse windows for launching shortcuts setting is selected. Similarly, clicking hyperlinks in e-mail programs such as in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express always opens a new instance of Internet Explorer.
Selecting the Reuse windows for launching shortcuts setting sets the following value in the registry to 1:
NOTE: The context-sensitive Help item for this new setting is incorrect, as the context-sensitive Help item for the Display a notification about every script error setting is displayed instead.
Key Name: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Value Name: AllowWindowReuse
This issue may be resolved in a future release of Internet Explorer.
Article ID: 241911 - Last Review: Jun 19, 2014 - Revision: 1