Like most browsers today, Chrome uses tabs to open several web pages at once. You can still open pages in their own window, but that tends to clutter your screen and it’s difficult to navigate from one page to the next.
When we’re on a page and click a link, the new page will either open in the same tab or in a new tab. This isn’t something random. This is how the web page developer coded the page to open. When a developer is coding the links, he or she can choose to have the link open in the same tab or in a new tab.
With the power of modern browsers we’re empowered to browse the web the way we want, and tabs help do that effectively. Let’s begin with the basics. When we’re on a page and click on a link, we can choose how the linked page will load. Most pages will automatically open a link in a new tab, but if a link doesn’t open in a new tab, press the Command key on Mac or Control Key on Windows and click the link. This will force the link to open in a new tab in the background.
Most of the time we need to open a link in a new tab and then view the linked page. To do this press Shift + Command on Mac or Shift + Control on Windows and click the link. This will open the page in a new tab and bring it to the front.
If you don’t like to use short cut keys, right click on a link and select open link in new tab. This will create a new tab with the link but open it in the background. You will need to click on the tab to bring it forward.
There are times when we need to open another page but keep the current page open. In this case we can create a new tab and open another page in that tab. To the right of any tab is a new tab button. Clicking this button will create a new empty tab. We can then enter a page or site address. We can also search the Internet. There is a shortcut key which can save you time. On Mac, press Command + T or Windows Control + T.
To close tabs, click on the ‘x’ next to any tab. You can also use the shortcut keys Command + W or Control + W.
In time you will really like working with tabs and probably have half a dozen or more tabs open. You can easily move from one tab to the next by clicking the appropriate tab. You guessed it, there’s a shortcut key combination to help you move between tabs. To move into tabs to the right, press Command + Shift + -> (right arrow) or Control + Shift + -> (right arrow). Can you guess the short cut keys to move into the left tabs? That’s right, Command + Shift + <-(left arrow) or Control + Shift + <-(left arrow).
How many tabs can we have open? It all depends on your computer’s memory (RAM) and processor speed. You can probably open 50 tabs without too much problem. With more than that, you might begin to experience some sluggishness from the computer.
One more lesson. Don’t worry, your brain won’t explode. At least I hope it won’t. We can rearrange tabs by clicking and dragging tabs left or right. The adjacent tabs will kindly move aside.