In modern versions of Internet Explorer, IE11/IE10/IE9, you get a useful New Tab page, which has tiles for frequently visited websites. By right clicking the tile or by pressing the little cross button (x) in the top right corner of each tile, you are able to remove that particular site from the list of thumbnails. But, for some reason, once you hide a specific website, there is no interface to restore it. What if you have deleted some site accidentally? Or maybe you removed it previously but prefer to have the site listed in the Frequent section again?
To resolve our issue, we will operate with Windows Registry Editor.
- Close Internet Explorer.
- Open the Registry editor (see how).
- Go to the following key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- Delete the subkey under the NewTabPage key called Exclude. It contains the encoded data about all the sites you have hidden from the New Tab page.
That's it. Only one minor issue is that this trick will restore all removed sites. There is no way to selectively restore removed sites, because there is no way to decode the encoded strings.