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IE Window Reuse- Avoidance?

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    We host our applications on terminal server and implement a customized html 
    page that uses the MSRDP ActiveX control. The problem that we have is with 
    clients complaining that when they open another link on their workstation, 
    the IE window with our TS session surrenders control and allows navigation 
    away. 
    
    I know the recommended solution is to uncheck the "reuse windows for 
    launching shortcuts" or the similar settings for tabbed browsers. The 
    problems with this is at some larger clients their domain Group Policies 
    restore the settings so the clients have to repeat it every day and sometimes 
    multiple times throughout the day.
    
    We looked into handling the "OnBeforeUnload()" event in the browser side 
    script but that presented a problem of a different sorts.  In the tabbed 
    browser scenario, IE would display the confirmation popup in the tab that was 
    chosen for reuse. This tab was not always the tab that had focus so 
    essentially, to the client they saw nothing and it appeared that IE froze.  Also since our app is used by clients in a data entry scenario, they may not even notice right away that a PDF file replaced the application window. 
    
    In addition to the MSRDP control downloaded from the server, we also us a 
    downloaded ActiveX that enables Virtual private channels for our application, 
    it’s been around since W2K Terminal Server. We have begun opening our window 
    in IE with nothing but a Caption bar and the system menu enabled. This helped 
    a little and gives us more screen real estate. 
    
    My question is this, "How does IE determine which window is resused?" Since 
    we have the client side ActiveX registered, we have access to the full 
    Windows API, I just need to know how I can "hide" my window from the IE 
    algorithm that selects it for reuse that will work on IE6 and above. 
    
    
    Any help would be appreciated. 
     
    Thanks
    
    Glenn
    
    Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:09 PM

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    You can't control this.  I suggest that you host the control in a HTA instead of the IE.
    Thursday, October 23, 2008 10:24 AM