Fix: Internet Explorer Opens a Blank Window

I recently was informed of someone having an issue with Internet Explorer. The problem happened when they clicked on a link that opened a new browser window. Once the new window was opened, the new Web page was not requested and the browser window remained blank.

After some quick searching, I came across a fix that was easy to perform and fixed the issue. I explain how to perform the fix in this post.

Fixing the Blank Internet Explorer Window

Many times when an application stops working properly it is the result of a file or registry key missing. In the case of this issue it was some missing registry keys. The good news, however, was that we didn’t need to manually go into the registry and add those keys, there was a more simple approach.

To fix the blank Internet Explorer window, use the following steps:

  1. Press Windows Key+R to open a Run dialog box.
  2. In the dialog box type regsvr32 urlmon.dll. This will re-register the DLL file and recreate the registry keys it needs to work.
  3. A confirmation window should appear. Press the OK button to continue.
  4. Open up Internet Explorer and click a link that opens a new window. If you can’t find one simply right-click a link and select Open in New Window.

Hopefully a new window will open with the requested Web page without problems.


You may experience a problem where Internet Explorer displays a blank window you click a link that opens a new window. If you do, then following the steps outlined above may fix the issue.


About Paul Salmon

Paul Salmon is the founder of Technically Easy. He is a an experienced PC user, and enjoys solving computer-related problems that he encounters on a regular basis.

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  1. christine
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I have a HP G60 120US Laptop. Up until about 3 months ago I never had a problem connecting to the network wirelessly. Now, I have to use my cable to connect. When I troubleshoot it says that “My network can’t be found.” The light for the connection is on but it still won’t work. So no I can’t use my laptop without the cable! Please help.
    PS. I’m running Vista 32-bit
    Thank you,

  2. Marlon
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Internet Explorer 8 is really good. This browser is very very stable and i have been using it for quite a while without blue screens or crashes.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted August 12, 2008 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    If the above does not work you go through

    Sukesh Vadi

    • Anonymous2
      Posted July 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      But, M$ Knowledge base 281679 does not apply to Internet Explorer 7 or 8.

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