How to Use Tabs in Internet Explorerby 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.
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.
Instructions apply to IE 11 and may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.
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