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Published on 05.05.06 by Brent Trahan

Internet Explorer Tabbed Browsing

Learn how to use and configure tabs in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).

This guide shows you how to use and configure tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 7.

What Are Tabs?

Tabs (highlighted below) enable you to have multiple websites open in one Internet Explorer window at one time instead of having a multiple Internet Explorer windows open for each website.  You can quickly switch between websites that are open using tabbed browsing also.  Tabs have been around in other browsers like FireFox for a while but they are a new feature in Internet Explorer 7.

Tab Options

By default tabbed browsing works OK in Internet Explorer 7.  There are a few options you can change to tweak the way tabs behave to make things work a little better.

Click tools in the top right of Internet Explorer 7 and select internet options.  Click settings next to tabs.  You should see a window similar to the screen shot below.

The settings above are the settings I use.  Below is an explanation of them.

Enable Tabbed Browsing: If you uncheck this setting tabbed browsing will be turned off.

Do Not Warn Me When Closing Multiple Tabs: If you uncheck this setting every time you have more than one tab open and you close Internet Explorer it will ask you if you are sure you want to close Internet Explorer because you have multiple tabs open.  That can get very annoying.

Always Switch To New Tabs When They Are Created: Let’s say you are using outlook and you clicked a link in an e-mail.  If you have this setting checked off a new tab will be created and brought to the front with the new web page loaded in it.  If you don’t check this setting off a new tab will be created and the website will be loaded on it but the current website you are on will not be covered up by the new tab.

Enable Quick Tabs: If you turn this feature off by un-checking it you won’t be able to use the feature shown below.  I’ll talk about quick tabs further down this guide.

Load Only the First Home Page When Internet Explorer Starts: A new feature of tabbed browsing is the ability to save multiple pages to open as your home page.  If you don’t want to use this feature uncheck this setting.  I talk more about this feature below.

Open New Tabs to the Right of the Current Tab: If you click a link that is set to open a new window (or tab) Internet Explorer will create a new tab to the right of the current tab you are in.  If you uncheck this setting a new tab will be opened to the far right of all the tabs.  This is a handy feature.

Open Home Page for New Tabs Instead Of a Blank Page: When you create a new tab you can set it to open as a blank page or it will open with your home page.  If you have multiple home pages it will load the first one in the new tab.

When A Pop-Up Is Encountered: You can set what you want Internet Explorer to do when you click a link on a website that is set to open in a new window.  I like to set it to always open in a new tab.  That’s what tabs are used for in my opinion.

Open Links from Other Programs In: Set how you want Internet Explorer to handle opening links from other software.  I like it to just load in a new tab in the same window.

If you want to reset the tabbed browsing settings the Internet Explorers default click the restore defaults button.

Click OK when you are finished changing the settings.

Using Tabs

Tabbed browsing is new in Internet Explorer.  Tabbed browsing cleans up your desktop by letting you have lots of websites open in one Internet Explorer window at one time.

To create a new tab, click the new tab button.

If you want to close a tab click the x on the right side of it.  You have to be viewing the tab to close it.

You can open a thumbnail view off all the websites you have open in your tabs by clicking the quick tabs button.

Quick tabs view look like the screen shot below.

Click on a thumbnail to view that website.

You can set multiple tabs to be your home page if you like.  Open all the tabs with their websites in them you want to be your home page then click tools located at the top right of Internet Explorer and select internet options.  Click the use current button under the home page section.

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  1. Kristy Frye says:

    I have selected the option to
    “Open Home Page for New Tabs Instead Of a Blank Page”,
    but it continues to open a blank page….any suggestions? Restarting IE did not help.

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