Here are 5 ways to get the most out of some of Internet Explorer’s new features.
1. Save a Favorite Group of Tabs
If you want to save the sites you have open on multiple tabs , click on the “Add To Favorites” button and select the “Add Tab Group To Favorites” command. This is particularly handy if you want to save several related blog, wiki or news articles together in a group for future reference.
To reopen the group of sites, click on the “Favorites Center” button and then click the “Favorites” button. Find the folder you have saved earlier. Click on the arrow to the right or the folder name or press [Ctrl][Enter] and the pages will open on separate tabs.
2. Using the Keyboard
There are several quick shortcuts for switching between tabs. First, you can use [Ctrl][Tab] to cycle forward through the tabs or [Ctrl][Shift][Tab] to cycle backwards. You can also use [Ctrl] through [Ctrl] to toggle between the tabs in numerical order. [Ctrl] takes you to the last tab.
If you want to open a new tab via the keyboard, you can use [Ctrl][T]. To close a tab you can use [Ctrl][W] or [Alt][F4]. You can close all other tabs except the one you’re viewing by pressing [Ctrl][Alt][F4].
To see the Quick Tabs or thumbnail view of your open tabs, use [Ctrl][Q].
3. Using Your Wheel Mouse
As long as your wheel mouse has wheel/middle button support (most do) you can open a link in a new tab by clicking the link with you wheel button. You can also close a tab by clicking on it with the wheel button, even if that tab isn’t the one being currently displayed.
4. Don’t Like Tabs?
If you don’t like tabs and prefer to do things the “old fashioned” way you can turn off tabbed browsing. Simply go to Tools|Internet Options and then click on the General tab and, in the Tabs section, click on the Settings button. Uncheck the ”Enable Tabbed Browsing” box and tabbed browsing will be off.
What if you like the tabs OK but you find the closing warning annoying? In the same window, uncheck “Warn me when closing multiple tabs” box and the warning message won’t appear again.
5. Show Pop-Ups in a New Tab
You can set this up also in the Tabs section mentioned in #4. All you have to do is select the “Always open pop-ups in a new tab” option in the “When a pop-up is encountered” group.
You can also choose to allow Internet Explorer to decide how to display pop-ups. The pop-up will be displayed in a new window if it specifies a size. If it doesn’t, the pop-up is displayed in a new tab.
Do you have any other tips of your own to add (other than to use Firefox that is )? Please feel free to leave a comment if you do.