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I have heard about tabbed browsing but what is it and how do I use it?

Matt Van Arsdel

Question: I have heard about tabbed browsing but what is it and how do I use it?

Answer: Tabbed browsing is a feature that allows you to have multiple web pages open within the same software window. In older versions of web browsers, to have a second web page open at the same time you would have to open a second instance of the same program that can take up more resources. On newer versions of web browsers such as Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2 & 3, and Opera 6, 7, 8, & 9 these programs include tabbed browsing as a standard feature. To open a new tab, you can either press CTRL + T on the keyboard, double click in the tabbed bar, or go to File and select New Tab. This should be the same for all three of the programs that I mentioned earlier. If you are looking to cycle through the different tabs then you can either just click the tab you want to go to or you can press CTRL + Tab to move over to the next tab. Pressing CTRL + Shift + Tab will go to the previous tab which would be on your left. If you want to close one tab, first select then either look for a small X next to it or press the key combination CTRL + F4. If you have several tabs open at the same time and want to rearrange the tabs, simply left click and hold on the tab you want to move then drag to the left or right. You should see an indicator of some sort that will let you know where it will end up when you release the left mouse button. If you do not see any mention of tabs in your web browser then it is possible that you are using an older version and may want to consider upgrading.

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