[AG-TECH] IE as default browser in AGSetup1-0-1

Jay Beavers jbeavers at microsoft.com
Fri Sep 21 13:02:56 CDT 2001

There's a setting in IE called "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts"
that is probably one of the worst ideas I've seen in a while and happens
to be selected by default ;-).  When you 'open' a URL in any non-IE
window/app while IE is already running in a separate window, this sends
the navigate request to one of the already running IE windows.  In this
case, it sounds like it's sending it to the IE instance holding the

You can turn off this behavior using Internet Options -> Advanced ->
Settings -> Browsing -> Reuse windows for launching shortcuts.  I've
also attached a registry file that will make this change for you if you
open it and let it modify your registry (your mileage may vary, works
just fine in my Windows XP / IE 6 box, but otherwise untested).

Once you unselect this, each URL navigate outside of IE will open up a
new IE window to display the page.

 - jcb

-----Original Message-----
From: Allan Spale [mailto:aspale at evl.uic.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2001 9:43 AM
To: Randy Groves
Cc: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] IE as default browser in AGSetup1-0-1


My quick check of this proves the same at EVL.  A simple fix would be to
have another Internet Explorer browser window open at all times when you
think you might need to click on a URL in the MUD.  It seems that the
hyperlink goes to the latest instance browser window instance.  So, if
had three IE browsers going, and you clicked on the URL in the MUD, the
link would appear in the third instance of IE.  So, it seems like this
workaround would solve your problem (and my implicit problem I never
noticed before).

Anyone can correct me if I should not be generalizing a solution in this

evl at uic

On Thu, 20 Sep 2001, Randy Groves wrote:

> I don't know if this is common or not.  I installed the Release
> on my display machine, and notice that it uses IE as the default
> for starting up the venues now.  Not a problem initially, but I notice
> behavior that didn't exist in the previous setup.
> I was participating in the Production Institute today, and clicked on
> URL that was in the MUD for the Dist. Powerpoint presentation.  Since
> was set up as my default browser now, the URL showed up there.  Not a 
> problem.  But when I hit the 'back' button to go back to the venues
> IE restarted my connection to the venue, thereby restarting the vic,
> blowing away all the images that I'd placed on the screen.  (I've yet
> master the autoplace - that's on my todo list ...).
> The same thing happens if I try to open a second IE window.  I'm
> that one of the problems is that IE has as it's default page the AG
> page, so I'm going to play around with that - and also probably make 
> Netscape the default browser to avoid the 'restart' action of I need
> look at another site.
> Anybody else encountered this?  Or is my setup unique?
> Thanks!
> -randy

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