By displaying a website in a tab, Firefox lets you have multiple websites open 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.
- You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Tcommand + T.
- When you create a new tab, the Location bar will be focused so you can just start typing the name or address of the website you want to go to — see Awesome Bar - Find your bookmarks, history and tabs when you type in the address bar for information on how to use the Location bar to get where you want to go quickly.
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?
- 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, click the button, go over to the menu (click the menu in Windows XP), down to and then select the tab you want to restore.the top of the Firefox window,the menu bar, click the menu, go down to and then select the tab you want to restore.the top of the Firefox window,the menu bar, click the menu, go down to and then select the tab you want to restore.
- 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.
Creating App Tabs
App Tabs allow you to always keep your favorite web apps like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter open and just a click away. App Tabs are small, can't be closed accidentally and open automatically when you start Firefox.
- To create an App Tab, just right-clickcontrol-click on it and select .
- For more information on using App Tabs, see Pinned Tabs - keep favorite websites open and just a click away
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
- 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 the How to use bookmarks to save and organize your favorite websites article.
- To learn keyboard and mouse shortcuts that speed up browsing tasks, see the Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly and the Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox articles.
Troubleshooting tab problems
To fix problems with tabs, see:
- Stop Firefox from opening multiple tabs when it starts
- Firefox says it's just updated every time it starts - how to fix
- New tabs do not appear to the right of the last tab
- Troubleshoot and diagnose Firefox problems
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