Use tabs to organize lots of websites in a single window
Tabs allow you to open and organize multiple websites inside a single window. This keeps your screen from getting cluttered and makes it easy to switch between sites. This article covers the basics of using tabs.
Table of Contents
- 1 How do I make a new tab?
- 2 How do I close tabs?
- 3 How can I organize my tabs?
- 4 Tab tips
- 5 Troubleshooting tab problems
How do I make a new tab?
To make a new tab, click the New Tab button on the right side of the last tab. To open a new tab, click on the plus sign on the right side of the last tab. The cursor will appear in the address bar so you can start typing in your search or URL.
Opening links in a new tab
Normally, when you click a link, it opens in the current tab. If you want to open a link in a new tab instead, just right-clickcontrol-click on the link and select from the context menu.
How do I close tabs?
To close a tab, just click on theon the tab itself.
- You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Wcommand + W to close the current tab.
Bringing back a closed tab
- To bring back a tab you've accidentally closed, go to the top of the Firefox window,the menu bar, click the menu, go down to and then select the tab you want to restore.
- To bring back a tab you've closed by mistake, click on the menu button , and then click on , followed by .
- You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Tcommand + Shift + T to bring back the most recently closed tab.
How can I organize my tabs?
Changing the order of tabs
To move a tab to a different position on the tab strip, just drag it there using your mouse. While you're dragging the tab, a small indicator shows you where the tab will land.
Moving a tab to a new window
- To move a tab to its own window, click on the tab and drag it below the tab strip. A new window will open.
- If you want to move a tab from one Firefox window to another, click on the tab and drag it to the tab strip of another Firefox window.
Seeing all of your tabs
If you've opened more tabs than will fit on the tab strip, tab scroll buttons appear at each end. Clicking on them will scroll the tab strip left or right.
You can also click the "List All Tabs" button and select the tab you want from the drop-down menu.
Pinning a tab allows you to keep your favorite sites open and just a click away. Pinned tabs open automatically when you start Firefox. For more information about Pinned Tabs, see Pinned Tabs - keep favorite websites open and just a click away.
- To pin a tab, just right-clickcontrol-click on it and select .
Creating Tab Groups
Tab Groups (also known as Panorama) are an easy way to visually organize a lot of tabs. You can put your tabs into groups, switch between those groups and quickly search through all of your open tabs. For information about creating and using Tab Groups, see Use Tab Groups to organize a lot of tabs.
- To customize your tab settings, see PreferencesOptions window - Tabs panel.
- To set what tabs show when you start Firefox, see How to set the home page.
- To bookmark a set of tabs all at once use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Dcommand + Shift + D.
- For more information on bookmarks, see Create bookmarks to save your favorite webpages.
- To learn keyboard and mouse shortcuts that speed up browsing tasks, see Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly and Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox.
Troubleshooting tab problems
To fix problems with tabs, see:
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