IE10 does not display links with target _blank - by MichaelB_123

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ID 802567 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 9/27/2013 5:16:50 AM
Access Restriction Public


Microsoft Windows 7 professional SP1 64 bit (HP ProBook 6550b)
IE version 10.0.9200.16686

When clicking a (relative) link with target="_blank" IE10 opens a new browser tab but does not display the linked content. Tested it also on my own server: the server log does not show any request of the linked page.

The same behaviour occurs when right-clicking a (non target="_blank") link and select "open in new browser tab".

When downgrading to IE9 such links are opened and displayed correctly.

The problem stays after update to
IE10 version 10.0.9200.16721
Updateversion 10.0.10 (KB2879017)

The problem stays after update to
IE11 version 11.0.9600.16428
Updateversion RTM (KB2841134)

The problem stays after update to
IE11 version 11.0.9600.16476
Updateversion 11.0.2 (KB2898785)

Obviously, this bug makes IE unusuable to browse most pages of the internet. In my opinion it has a high priority - must use a different browser.

After uninstalling all of the preinstalled HP software -except "HP ESU for Microsoft Windows 7" and "HP ProtectTools Security Manager" (which cannot be uninstalled via "programs and functions")- the behaviour of IE (11) has changed: Now linked pages do open in new window or new tab - if not password protected.

But IE (11) still fails to open "_blank"-links or open links in new window or tab if the page containing the link is password protected as experienced on an apache-served website with "AuthType Basic", AuthUserFile <FILEPATHNAME> and Require user <USERNAME>.
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Posted by Microsoft on 4/4/2016 at 9:38 AM
We've moved! This issue is now being tracked at
Posted by Microsoft on 10/16/2013 at 11:24 AM
Thank you for your feedback.
Unfortunately, we are not able to address this feedback in our upcoming release. We will consider your feedback for a future release.

Every piece of feedback we receive is important to us and helps us improve the quality of Internet Explorer.We continue to welcome more feedback, so please don't hesitate to report other ways that we can improve Internet Explorer.

Best regards,
The Internet Explorer Beta Team
Posted by Microsoft on 9/27/2013 at 1:01 PM
Thank you for your feedback. We will be investigating this issue further.

Best regards,

The Internet Explorer Team