How do I open a new tab in an Internet browser?

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

There are different methods of opening a new blank tab or a link in a new tab in Internet browsers. The following sections show you how to do both. To proceed, make your selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to open a new blank tab

Method one

The fastest method to open a new tab in all browsers is to press the shortcut key combination Ctrl+T (PC users) or Command+T (Mac users).

Method two

Each browser has a small icon next to the tab that is farthest to the right in the tab bar. Users may click this icon to open a new tab. Below are examples of what these icons look like in the various browsers.

Google Chrome - The button to add a new tab in Google Chrome. Mozilla Firefox - The button that creates a new tab in Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft Edge - The new tab button in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer - The new tab button in Internet Explorer. Opera - The button that opens a new tab in Opera.

Method three


This method only works in Google Chrome and Opera.

Right-click in a blank portion of the tab bar and select click New Tab from the drop-down menu that appears.

All modern browsers support the ability to open a link in a new tab.

  1. Open the browser of your choice.
  2. Locate the link you'd like to open in a new tab.
  3. Right-click the link and select Open link in new tab from the drop-down menu that appears.

The selector used to open a link in a new tab.


If your mouse has a middle wheel, you can hover your cursor over the link and press down on the wheel to open it in a new tab.


Users may also hold the Ctrl key and press the left mouse button to open a link in a new tab.

Other helpful browser tab tricks

  • Mistakenly close a tab? Press Ctrl+Shift+T to open the last closed tab. This action can be performed several times to open multiple tabs have been closed.
  • Tabs can be arranged by clicking on a tab and dragging it to a different location on the tab bar.
  • Users may move forward through tabs by pressing Ctrl+Tab, and backward by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Tab.

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