Hi Walt. Are you sure about that? I've just downloaded and installed IE9 myself and I saw the 'next tab' thing, but as I understand it, it only displays the currently opened tabs, and not any historical sites.
Ahh, I begin to see what you mean. I've just had a look. I opened IE9 and it displayed my Home Page. I then deliberately opened two other sites in new tabs. I then opened a blank new tab and it listed my 3 sites + Bing, and the IE walkthrough that I saw when I first used it. Those last two were not open when I opened the new tab.
I then hovered over Bing and the IE Walkthrough tabs on display and closed them down, (top right x). I then closed down IE and re-opened it, and opened a new tab, and both Bing and the IE walkthrough were not displayed.
I agree with you, a strange system. I think you're going to have to experiment with it. It might be that In-Private browsing is what you need from Internet Options. Or there may be some other settings there that stops this.
When you click to open a new blank tab, there's a list of all the sites you've visited called "your most popular sites". You have the option to show or hide sites. If you elect to hide sites, all someone has to do is click show sites and there is everyplace you've visited. Where can I turn this OFF to NOT keep track of sites I've visited when opening a new blank tab.