This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.
Here are answers to some common questions about tabbed browsing.
Tabbed browsing is a feature in Internet Explorer that enables you to open multiple websites in a single browser window. You can open webpages in new tabs, and switch between them by clicking the tabs you want to view. By using tabbed browsing, you potentially reduce the number of items that are displayed on the taskbar.
If you have multiple tabs open, you can also use Quick Tabs to easily switch to other tabs. For more information, see Using Quick Tabs in Internet Explorer.
To open a new blank tab, click the New Tab button
on the tab row or press CTRL+T. To open a new tab from a link on a webpage, press CTRL as you click the link, or right-click the link and then click Open in New Tab. If you have a mouse with a wheel, you can click a link with the wheel to open it in a new tab.
In Internet Explorer 8, you can open previously closed tabs or browsing sessions, choose an Accelerator, or start InPrivate Browsing. For more details on the new tab page, see Tabs, Accelerators, and InPrivate Browsing: recommended links.
When you open links on a webpage in new tabs, Internet Explorer 8 groups those tabs by displaying new tabs in the same color as the page you linked from.
If you click the Close button in the upper-right corner of Internet Explorer 8, you will be asked whether you want to close the tab you're currently viewing, or the entire browser window. In Internet Explorer 7, you can choose to reopen the current tabs the next time you start Internet Explorer.
In Internet Explorer 8, yes, you can open tabs you've closed during a single browsing session, or all the tabs that were open when you previously closed the browser. For more information, see Open tabs you've previously closed.
When you open a new tab, Internet Explorer displays the new tab page by default. If you prefer that your home page appear when you open a new tab, follow these steps:
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the General tab, and then, under Tabs, click Settings.
In the Tabbed Browsing Settings dialog box, click the list under When a new tab is opened, open, click Your first home page, and then click OK twice.
In the Tabbed Browsing Settings dialog box, select the Open home page for new tabs instead of a blank page check box, click OK, and then click OK again.
If you open a new tab and see a page that says "You've opened a new tab" after you've followed the steps above, select the Don't show this page again check box, and then click Close. When you restart Internet Explorer, your home page will display whenever you open a new tab.
If you have multiple home page tabs, only the first home page in your list will open in the new tab.
Yes. Here's how:
Click the General tab, and then, in the Tabs section, click Settings.
Clear the Enable Tabbed Browsing check box.
Click OK twice.
Close Internet Explorer and then open it again.
The following table describes the keyboard shortcuts that are available when working with tabs.
Open links in a new tab in the background
CTRL while clicking the link.
Open links in a new tab in the foreground
CTRL+SHIFT while clicking the link.
Open a new tab in the foreground
CTRL+T or double-click an empty space on the tab row.
Open a copy the current tab in a new tab in Internet Explorer 8
Switch between tabs
CTRL+TAB to move forward or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB to move backward
Close the current tab (or the current window when there are no open tabs)
CTRL+W or ALT+F4
Open a new tab in the foreground from the Address bar
Switch to a specific tab number
CTRL+n (where n is a number between 1 and 8)
Switch to the last tab
Close all tabs except for the one you're viewing
Open Quick Tabs (thumbnail view)
See Internet Explorer8 keyboard shortcuts for more information. In Internet Explorer 7, see Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts .
Yes. You can choose to always display pop-ups on a new tab, to always display them in a new window, or to let Internet Explorer decide how to display them. If you opt to let Internet Explorer decide how to display pop-ups, it will display the pop-up in a new window if the pop-up specifies size or display requirements. Otherwise, the pop-up is displayed in a new tab.
Make a selection in the When a pop-up is encountered section.