Like any other modern browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 supports tabbed browsing to provide the means to open multiple websites in the same browser window. What many Internet Explorer users do not know is that Microsoft is offering customizability of the feature in the Internet Options. The menu has actually been there in previous editions of Internet Explorer as well, but it is easy to overlook and some changes have been made to the menu.
The tabbed browsing settings can be accessed in Internet Explorer 9 by clicking on the Tools icon in the header bar of the browser, and selecting Internet Options from the menu. It is alternatively possible to press Alt-x-o to open the Internet Options as well.
Locate the Tabs section under the General tab and click on the Settings button to open the tabbed browsing menu.
The configuration menu is filled with options:
This first batch of options contains some that require explanation. Quick Tabs are disabled by default. When enabled, Internet Explorer users have the option to display all open tabs with a thubmnail screenshot of the page contents on one page. Similar to other tab overview features offered by other browsers.
Show previews of individual tabs in the taskbar is a Windows 7 only feature to display thumbnail previews of open tabs in the Windows 7 taskbar.
On to the remaining options:
The options are fairly self explanatory. A restore defaults button is available to reset all settings to factory defaults. Some changes require a restart of Internet Explorer before they take effect. Those that do are indicated with a star.
To make matters easier, here are all tab shortcuts of IE9.
Open links in a new tab in the background
Ctrl while clicking the link
Open links in a new tab in the foreground
Ctrl+Shift while clicking the link
Open a new tab in the foreground
Ctrl+T or double-click an empty space on the tab row
Open a copy of the current tab in a new tab
Switch between tabs
Ctrl+Tab to move forward or Ctrl+Shift+Tab to move backward
Close the current tab (or the current window when there are no open tabs)
Ctrl+W or Alt+F4
Open a new tab in the foreground from the Address bar
Switch to a specific tab number
Ctrl+n (where n is a number between 1 and 8)
Switch to the last tab
Close all tabs except for the one you're viewing
Open Quick Tabs (thumbnail view)
Additional helpful tab related tips:
Want to share your favorite Internet Explorer tab tips? Let us know in the comments.
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