Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Vista Internet Explorer 7 annoyance with security zones

I have in Windows XP had a simple html home page for Internet Explorer that is located on the local hard drive with a lot of links. But when using the same in Windows Vista a security feature annoyed me.

Every link on the home page opens a new window. Open in new tab is not even available.

If I take a link to a website and paste it into the address field the following dialog box shows up saying: Internet Explorer needs to open a new window to display this webpage. For your computer’s security, websites that are in different security zones must open in different windows.
The solution to this problem is to add The Mark of the Web (MOTW) to the HTML page.

 <!-- saved from url=(0014)about:internet -->

The comment above was added after <html>.

Now my local home page runs in the Internet zone and the link works as expected.


  1. Restored comment
    by gracious person
    you are awesome for posting this. spank you very much.

  2. Restored comment
    by Alvin
    Thank you, that's a SO USEFUL trick!

  3. Restored comment
    by Anonymous
    I regularly visit an internet site which is in my trusted zone (and I don't want to take it out) and I get this silly message / behaviour. Do you know any way to turn it off?

  4. Restored comment
    by JTB World
    If you have made an external internet site trusted Internet Explorer will run this site in a separate session. I don't know a way to come around this.

  5. Restored comment
    by Chris Declat
    There is indeed a way to surpress this functionality. You simply open the "internet options", go to the tab Security and uncheck the box "Enable Protected mode (...)". Afterwards click "apply", "OK" and restart your inteernet browser. You'l receive a message at the top. This one you can remove by clicking on it and selecting not to display this message again

  6. Restored comment
    by Anonymous
    Thank you so much!! I was going crazy trying to figure out how to keep my security in protected, but still keep my personal home page. Mwah!

  7. Restored comment
    by Anonymous
    It is my second day of transition to Vista, and yours was the most useful tip of them all!

    Thank you for your precious social service! :)

    God bless you!

    M.C. from Poland (actually an agnostic)

  8. The following also seems to work:
    <!-- saved from url=(0022) –>


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