Get the Close All Tabs prompt back in Internet Explorer & Edge

You may have noticed that whenever you have many tabs open in Internet Explorer and you go on to Close All Tabs, Internet Explorer displays a prompt window asking you Do you want to close all tabs or the current tab, with options to Close all tabs and Close current tab.

Always close all tabs

You are also offered the option to Always close all tabs. Most of the times we usually want to close all tabs and are irritated by this interference. Many therefore chose to select the Always close all tabs check box.

But what if you change your mind in future and want the prompt to display? If you want this confirmation box to start displaying again, you will have to open Internet Options. Click on the Tabs button next.


Now, select the Warn me when closing multiple tabs check-box.


Click OK/Apply and restart your Internet Explorer.

It is the same with Microsoft Edge browser too. When you have many tabs open and you go on to Close All Tabs, Edge displays a prompt window asking you Do you want to close all tabs, with options to Close all and Cancel along with a Always close all tabs checkbox.

close all tabs edge

If you select Always close all tabs, you will not be asked again.

Now if you want to get back this Close all tabs confirmation box, your will have to edit the Windows Registry.

Run regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\

Set the value of AskToCloseAllTabs to 1.

Restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Incidentally, you may want to also check these posts – if your IE tabs are slow to open or you want to make IE tabs open faster.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.