Use tabs to organize lots of websites in a single window

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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.


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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.

  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Tcommand + T.

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    • When you create a new tab, the other tabs will fade into the background to allow you to focus on the new tab. The cursor will appear automatically in the address bar, so you can just start typing the name or address of the website you want to go to — see Address bar autocomplete in Firefox - Search your bookmarks, history and tabs for information on how to use the Location bar to get where you want to go quickly.

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 Open Link in New Tab from the context menu.

How do I close tabs?

To close a tab, just click on the close or x on the tab itself.

  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Wcommand + W to close the current tab.
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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 History menu, go down to Recently Closed Tabs and then select the tab you want to restore.
  • To bring back a tab you've closed by mistake, click on the menu button The image "new fx button" does not exist., and then click on History, followed by Restore Closed Tabs.
  • 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 place 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. Or, 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.

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Pinned Tabs

Pinning a tab allows you to keep your favorite sites open and just a click away. Pinned tabs open automatically when you start Firefox.

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  • To pin a tab, just right-clickcontrol-click on it and select Pin Tab.

Creating Tab Groups

Tab Groups (also know 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

Tab tips

Troubleshooting tab problems

To fix problems with tabs, see: