Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed Browsing

One of the things you’ll find as you go through the course is that you will come across a lot of links to different websites, blogs, articles, tutorials and more. Sometimes it can get confusing or frustrating going back and forth between different windows, or using the “Back” button on your browser. One of the nice features of Internet Explorer (IE) v.7 and the Firefox browser is tabbed browsing. This allows you to open a link (or many new links) in tabs that are displayed across the top of the browser window. For example, you might be exploring the Bloglines site in one tab while reading a tutorial about it in another.

Tabbed browsing allows you to:

  • Use one Internet Explorer window to view all your webpages.
  • Open links in a background tab while viewing the page you’re on.
  • Save and open multiple webpages at once by using favorites and home page tabs.

Tabs are visible just below the menu bar on your browser. You can have many tabs open at once which allows you to move back and forth between different websites simply by clicking on their tab. Other sites remain open in their tabs when you navigate away from them. If you are on a site and would like to follow a link, but also stay on the original site, you can right-click the link, choose “Open in New Tab,” and have both sites open.

In IE, to open a link in a new tab, just right-click on it, and select “Open in New Tab” on the menu that pops up. To open a blank tab, just click on the short tab that will be the last tab in the window. If you have a number of tabs open, the active window will be highlighted and will show an “X” near it’s right edge. To close a tab, just click on the “X”. Check out the tabbed browsing FAQ’s in the IE help menu for additional details on this feature.

For more information, see this Microsoft tutorial.

2 Responses

  1. We are a Mac family, on Safari rather than IE. Tabbed browsing is something new to learn!

  2. I love using Tabs working at the desk, where I can have the KRL Electronic Resources collection always available as a Tab to quickly show patrons or use on the fly, and another Tab for our public KRL Home page, and another Tab for our Staff Page, and another Tab for my Outlook Email.

    That way, I can squeeze in different tasks between customers, and can give quick demos to customers over the desk without waiting for things to load.

    Try it, you’ll like it 🙂

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