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How To Open a New Tab With Keyboard

Keyboard Shortcuts

Your keyboard contains several keys that you can combine to do a lot of tasks on your computer, and knowing the right combination can come in handy at the right moment. Using the shortcut keys saves time and helps you troubleshoot when your computer becomes unresponsive. For this article, we are concerned with using shortcut keys for opening new tabs. 

Quick Answer

To open a new tab on your web browser with your Windows computer keyboard, you should press the command “Ctrl + T.” The same command works for Linux computers. If you’re using a MacBook, press the “Command + T” keys to open a new tab. To open a new tab or worksheet on Microsoft Excel, press “Shift + F11.”

We will attempt to explain how to open and close new tabs on your web browser with your Windows, Linux, and Macintosh computer keyboards. We will also explain how to open links in new tabs on these three types of computers. We will provide the shortcut keys for opening new tabs or worksheets on Microsoft Excel and answer some frequently asked questions on this topic.

How To Open New Tabs on Your Web Browser With Keyboard

You can do almost everything with your keyboard by combining the correct keys. While browsing, you may want to open new tabs to view more than one web page in the same window. You can do this easily by using shortcut keys. The command works on all web browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. 

While the keyboard command for opening new tabs on web browsers is the same for Linux and Windows computers, it is different for Macintosh computers. 

Windows and Linux Computers

Follow the steps below to open new web browser tabs on Windows and Linux computers.

  1. Open the web browser on your Windows or Linux computer.
  2. Press the command “Ctrl + T” to open a new tab.

Macintosh Computers

Follow the steps below to open new web browser tabs on Macintosh computers.

  1. Open the web browser on your Macintosh computer.
  2. Press the shortcut keys “Command + T” to open a new tab.

How To Open Links in New Tabs

When you come across a link while browsing through a web page, and you click the link, it takes you to another webpage. However, most times, you want to be able to read the content of the new link without leaving your current web page, especially if you found the link somewhere in the middle of the current article you’re reading.

Some websites set their links to open in separate tabs by default. However, if the website you’re reading doesn’t have that setting, you can open the link in a different tab by right-clicking on the link and selecting “Open Link a New Tab.” Alternatively, you can use a shortcut key. 

Windows and Linux Computers

Follow the steps below to open links in a new tab using shortcut keys on Windows and Linux computers.

  1. Open the web browser on your Windows or Linux computer.
  2. Locate the link you want to open.
  3. Hold the control key and click the link with your left mouse button. 

Macintosh Computers

Follow the steps below to open links in a new tab using shortcut keys on Macintosh computers.

  1. Open the web browser on your Macintosh computer.
  2. Locate the link you want to open.
  3. Hold the command key and click the link with your left mouse button. 

How To Close Web Browser Tabs With Keyboard

After reading the new tab’s content, you want to close it and return to the previous tab. You can use shortcut keys to close tabs. The command for closing tabs is also similar for Windows and Linux computers, while it differs for Macintosh computers.

Windows and Linux Computers

Follow the steps below to close tabs using shortcut keys on Windows and Linux computers.

  1. Make sure you’re on the active tab that you want to close. 
  2. Press the command “Ctrl + N” to close the active tab.

Macintosh Computers

Follow the steps below to close tabs using shortcut keys on Macintosh computers.

  1. Make sure you’re on the active tab that you want to close. 
  2. Press the command “Command + N” to close the active tab.

How To Open New Tabs on Microsoft Excel

Tabs are also called worksheets on Microsoft Excel. To open a new tab on Excel with shortcut keys, press “Shift + F11” on your keyboard. This command works for all computers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reopen a tab I closed accidentally?

To reopen a tab you closed, press the shortcut keys “Ctrl + Shift + T” for Windows and Linux computers and “Command + Shift + T” for Macintosh computers. 

How do I move between tabs using a keyboard?

For Windows and Linux computers, press the “Ctrl + Tab” keys to go to the next tab and the “Ctrl + Shift + Tab” keys to go to the previous tab. For Macintosh computers, press the “Command + Tab” keys to go to the next tab and the “Command + Shift + Tab” keys to go to the previous tab.

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