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External Browser Tabs

By default, WebSite-Watcher uses an embedded Internet Explorer to display checked bookmarks and web pages. If you open the online version of a web page, then it is loaded within the WebSite-Watcher application. If the page slows down or crashes, then this will also slow down or crash WebSite-Watcher. To work around these kind of problems, external browser tabs have been implemented.


If External Browser Tabs are enabled, then WebSite-Watcher will open each online page in a separate external browser window. WebSite-Watcher will automatically resize these browser windows and display them on top of the browser tabs. So the look and feel is very similar to internal browser tabs, but each page is opened in a separate application.


External browser tabs run isolated from the WebSite-Watcher main application.
If a browser tab crashes, then only this tab crashes. It will not crash the WebSite-Watcher main application or other browser tabs.
If a page consumes lots of resources or slows down the browser, it will not affect the WebSite-Watcher main application.
You can kill single browser tabs with the Task Manager without killing the WebSite-Watcher main application.
WebSite-Watcher still uses an embedded Internet Explorer, but it is only used to open locally saved files (without scripts or dynamic content). All kind of online pages are opened in external windows (tabs) and will not affect stability or performance of the WebSite-Watcher main application.
The 64bit versions of WebSite-Watcher Basic/Personal/Business can optionally use Internet Explorer or Chromium for external browser tabs. The 32bit version and the Free Edition can only use Internet Explorer as browser engine.


If you work with external browser tabs, then keep in mind that you work with different applications and it might not look and feel as polished as just internal browser tabs. But in most cases you will not see much difference as WebSite-Watcher tries to mimic internal browser tabs.

Should I use external browser tabs?

If you can live with the mentioned disadvantage, then external browser tabs are highly recommended.

How to enable External Browser Tabs

1.Open the program configuration
2.Select the Tab "Browser"
3.Enable the option "[x] Use external browser tabs"
4.Select "Internet Explorer" or "Chromium" (if supported by your Edition)





External Browser Tabs were introduced in WebSite-Watcher 2019 (19.1).