Intermediate | How to Use Windows and Tabs

When you’re searching the web, there are a couple of ways to open web sites. Using windowsand tabs make it easy to view multiple web sites while you’re online. Whenever you start your internet browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) you are opening a “window,” while a “tab” is the current page you are viewing. Using tabs allows you to view several web sites in the same window. This means, in one window of Firefox you can check your e-mail in one tab, while searching Google in another tab, and reading a story on washingtonpost.com in another. You can also open an entirely new window. Using multiple windows can be useful if you have too many tabs open.

Opening windows

Step 1: Open browser and type in a web site.

Let’s say you want to search Google in this window, but you want to open another window for something else. Open the “File” menu in the top left corner of the toolbar and click on “New Window.”

Step 2: Use Shortcuts to open windows.

In both Firefox and Internet Explorer you can also use shortcuts to open windows. The shortcut is the same for both. On your keyboard locate the Control or “Ctrl” key. Hold down the “Ctrl” key while also holding down the “N” key, a new window will open. You don’t have to use shortcuts, but they can make it easier to open windows quickly.

Step 3: Open windows from links.

One final way to open a window is to place your cursor (arrow) over a link, click the right mouse button once and a list of options will open. Click on “Open in New Window” from the list.

Step 4: Finish by closing your window.

To close a window, click on the red X in the top right corner of your browser. Or in the File menu click on “Close Window” or “Exit” if you’re finished with the Internet.

Opening Tabs

Step 1: There are a few ways to open tabs.

In Firefox, you can open a tab by selecting “File” and “New Tab” You can also click on the plus sign (+) next to your open tab to start a new one, hover your arrow over the “+” to see “Open a new tab.” In Internet Explorer this is similar. Instead of a plus sign you’ll see a blank tab. Hover your arrow over this to see a page icon and “new tab”; click to open.

Step 2: Use shortcuts to open tabs.

Much like opening a new window, you can open a new tab by holding down the control “Ctrl” key and pressing the letter “T” on your keyboard at the same time.

Step 3: Right-click to open a new tab.

One final way to open a tab is to place your cursor (arrow) over a link, click the right mousebutton once and a list of options will open. Click on “Open in New Tab” from the list.

Step 4: Finish by closing your open tabs.

To close the tabs you’ve opened, click on “Close Tab” in the File menu or click on the “x” on the right corner of the tab. To close all tabs that are open, close the window you are using.

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