How to restore the last session in Internet Explorer


Ivan Jenic
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Internet Explorer users might want to continue browsing from their last session, and in this tutorial, we’re going to explain to you how to force Internet Explorer to start from the last session.

This tutorial is helpful for system administrators on a single system that wants to control all of the users. Using it, you can put a restriction on the users and force up them to have their Internet Explorer start from the last session.

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This constraint is designed so that regular users can’t change it on their own, so they are forced to start Internet Explorer from the previous session.

Steps to restore the last IE session

  1. Use Group Policy
  2. Edit Windows Registry key
  3. Use Internet Properties

Solution 1: Use Group Policy

  1. In Windows 8 or newer Windows 10 versions, you need to press Windows Key + R, type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to:
    User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel -> General Pageinternet explorer group policy
  3. In the right pane of Local Group Policy Editor, you should see a single Setting named Start Internet Explorer with tabs from the last browsing session set to Not Configured. When you double click on it you’ll get the following window:
  4. Now select Enabled and click Apply then OK. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor and see the changes you’ve made by running Internet Explorer.

Solution 2: Use the Registry

  1. Press Windows Key + R, type put regedit in the Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. In Registry Editor in the left pane go to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorerinternet explorer regedit
  3. In the left pane of the above-mentioned registry location, right-click on the Internet Explorer key, select New -> Key. Name the new key ContinousBrowsing.
  4. Now select this key you just created and come to its right pane. Do a right-click and select New -> DWORD Value, name the DWORD as Enable. Double click on it, and you’ll get Edit DWORD Value box:
  5. In the Edit DWORD Value box, in the Value data field enter 1 in order to force Internet Explorer to start from the previous session. Click OK and close the Registry Editor and restart your computer to apply the changes.

Solution 3: Use Internet Properties

A third way to restore the last browsing sessions in Internet Explorer is to change your Internet Properties settings. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Start > type ‘internet properties’ > double click on the first result
  2. Now, go to the general tab and locate the Startup feature
  3. Simply check the option ‘Start with tabs from the last session’.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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