How do I open a new tab in an Internet browser?
There are different methods of opening a new blank tab or a link in a new tab in Internet browsers. The following sections will 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
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).
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.
Note: This method only works in Google Chrome and Opera.
How to open a hyperlink in a new tab
All modern browsers support the ability to open a link in a new tab.
- Open the browser of your choice.
- Locate the link you'd like to open in a new tab.
- Right-click the link and select Open link in new tab from the drop-down menu that appears.
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.
- How to create a link that opens a new web page window or tab.
- Internet browser help and information.
- See the tab definition for related information and links.