Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browsing
Now that many of us have upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, I have noticed that some users still don’t understand tab browsing. Tab browsing is a nice and neat way way to organize our web space windows and enhance the experience.
When a new session of Internet Explorer is started it will open one Tab displaying your choice of home page, or home pages since you can now have multiple home pages. To the right of this Tab is a second smaller Tab.
Click on that small Tab to open a new Tab. Alternatively, right click on any open Tab and select New Tab from the context menu that appears. A third option is to use the (ctrl T) key combination. These new Tabs will always open in the foreground.
If you wish to open a new Window instead of a new Tab, the (ctrl N) key combination will open a new Internet Explorer window with a Tab already open to your home page.
New Tabs open to about:blank with the address bar already highlighted, allowing us to quickly enter the URL that we want to visit.
Tab Groups is the new name for subfolders in your Favorites directory. Internet Explorer 7 introduces the ability to open all Tabs in a subfolder in the Favorites folder at the same time. Open the Favorites Explorer Pane then click on the arrow that appears on the right hand edge of the pane. All URLS in that folder will open at the same time.
Click on the X button to right of screen to close the active Tab or use the (ctrl W) keyboard combination. Alternatively, right click on any tab then select Close or Close Other Tabs.
Reloading Tab content (refreshing a Web page)
The keyboard command F5 still works, as does the forced refresh (Ctrl F5). Alternatively, we can right click on a Tab and select Refresh or Refresh All.
Navigating between Tabs
Simply click on any Tab to view its contents. If you prefer to use your keyboard, the shortcut keys for navigating Tabs are as follows: use the (ctrl tab) key combination to jump from left to right one Tab at a time, and use the (ctrl shift tab) key combination to jump right to left one Tab at a time.
Navigating Web Pages - Hyperlinks
One of three things will happen when we click on a hyperlink in Internet Explorer 7; the page will load in the current Tab, the page will load in a new Tab, or the page will open in a new window, depending on how a Web pages designer codes a particular hyperlink.
If you wish to control what happens when you click on a hyperlink right click on the link and then select Open in New Tab or Open in New Window. If you select the first option, the default behavior is for the Tab to open in the background so that you can continue reading your current page undisturbed while the new Tab downloads. If you select the second option the link will, of course, open in a new window (with its own button on the Taskbar). The window will open on top of the originating window.
If you want all Tabs to open in the foreground, no matter how they are triggered, you will need to adjust Internet Explorer’s default settings. Click on Tools, then Internet Options, then navigate to the Advanced tab. Turn on the option to Always switch to new tabs when they are created.
Internet Explorer 7 supports middle mouse button navigation. By using your middle mouse button (or scroll wheel) to click on a hyperlink button you will open the hyperlink in a new Tab. If you want to open a hyperlink in a new window, hold down the shift key then use the middle mouse button to click on the hyperlink.
Don’t want Tabs? Turn them off
Tabbed browsing can be turned on and off via a check box that is accessed in different ways depending on what version of the Internet Explorer beta that you are using. When using Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 we click on Tools then Internet Options. Navigate to the Advanced Tab and scroll down to the section headed Tabbed browsing.
For detailed information about the improvements that are part of Internet Explorer 7, and to download the most recent version of the software, please visit the Internet Explorer 7 homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx.