How to Use Tabs in Internet Explorer

by Fred Decker

Keeping multiple tabs open in your Web browser is a simple fact of modern life, whether you're tweeting your way through a streamed TV show or performing serious research at the office. Each major browser has a slightly different approach to its handling of tabs, including Internet Explorer. Supplied by Microsoft with its Windows operating system, IE provides a uniquely visual way to identify tabs.

Opening and Closing Tabs

You open a new tab in IE by clicking or tapping the "New Tab" button, to the right of your current tab, or by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing "T." Close your current tab by typing "Ctrl-W," or close all but the current tab by right-clicking and choosing "Close Other Tabs." IE doesn't offer the "Close Tabs to the Right" option found in rivals Chrome and Firefox.

Tab Grouping

If you click a link in one tab to open another, IE will "group" them together by color-coding the tabs to show they're related. When you have a large number of tabs open their descriptions can't be seen, so this is a useful way to identify them at a glance. IE doesn't allow users to "pin" tabs as Chrome and Firefox do, but it's possible to bookmark a group of tabs and have all of them open automatically when you start the browser.

Version Information

Instructions apply to IE 11 and may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.

About the Author

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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