In Internet Explorer 8 when a new IE8 tab is opened by pressing Ctrl + t , a new tab page is opened by default.
New Tab Page
This can be modified to either open a blank page home page. The settings can be accessed through Tools -> Internet Options -> General tab and click on setting button under the tab section.
This would display the following Tabbed Browsing settings dialog box which contains the option for changing When a new tab opened, open
As mentioned earlier, the available options includes A blank page, The new tab page and Your first home page. After choosing the required value click on the OK button to apply the changes.