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.
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Open a new tab
To open a new tab, click on the plus signon 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.
- Keyboard shortcut: You can also press Ctrl + Tcommand + T to open a new tab, instead of using a mouse.
Open 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-click on the linkcontrol-click (hold down the control key while you click on the link) and select from the context menu.
Switch between tabs
You can visit a tab simply by clicking on it, or press Ctrl+tabcontrol+tab to quickly switch to another tab.
To close a tab, just click on the , or middle-click the tab.on the tab itself
- Keyboard shortcut: You can also press Ctrl + Wcommand + W to close the current tab.
To close multiple tabs at the same time: Command-click (hold down the command key while you click on the tab)Ctrl-click (hold down the Ctrl key while you click on the tab) to select the tabs you want to close. Then right-clickcontrol-click on any of those tabs and select to close the ones you selected.
Bring back a closed tab
To bring back a tab you've closed by mistake, click on the menu button , and then click on, followed by .
- Keyboard shortcut: You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Tcommand + Shift + T to bring back the most recently closed tab.
Change the order of tabs
To move a tab to a different position on the tab strip, just drag it there using your mouse.
Move 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.
See 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 .
To pin multiple tabs at the same time: Select the ones you want (Ctrl-clickCommand-click on each tab), then right-clickcontrol-click on one of them and select .
Select the tab you want to bookmark, then right-clickcontrol-click on the tab and select .
To bookmark multiple tabs at the same time: Select the ones you want (Ctrl-clickCommand-click on each tab), then right-clickcontrol-click on one of them and select . Give the new bookmarks folder a name and choose which folder to store it in. Click to finish.
To bookmark all open tabs at once: Select
from the Bookmarks menu.Right-click on any of the tabs and select from the context menu.Right-click on any of the tabs, choose from the context menu, then right-click on any tab and select . Give the new bookmarks folder a name and choose which folder to store it in. Click to finish.
- Keyboard shortcut: You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Dcommand + Shift + D to bookmark all open tabs at once.
For more information on bookmarks, see Bookmarks in Firefox.
- 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.
- To mute audio in a single tab, click the audio button on that tab.
- To change the content of the New Tab page, see Hide or display content in New Tab and Customize the New Tab page.
- To set a different home page instead of the New Tab page that opens when Firefox starts, see How to set the home page.
- To customize your tab settings, see Tab preferences and settings.
Troubleshooting tab problems
To fix problems with tabs, see: