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

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Internet browsersThere 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

Method 1

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 2

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 3

Note: 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.

Tip: 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.

Tip: 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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