Weekly Computer Tip # 357
6 January 2012

Different ways to open a link in a new browser tab (Internet Explorer 7 and beyond)

Happy New Year! Gelukkig nieuwjaar. Freues Neues. Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit. Eutychismenos o kainourgios chronos. Stastny Novy Rok. Godt Nyt År. Onnellista uutta vuotta. Bonne année. Boldog uj evet. Buon anno. Godt Nytt År. Szczesliwego Nowego Roku. La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit. Feliz año nuevo. Gott Nytt År. (Just practising for when I go back to the client. But I am eight languages short. Any Bulgarian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Portuguese, Slovak or Slovenian people out there?)

Did you make new year resolutions? If they have anything to do with getting healthy, making some money or being a better friend I cannot help, but if you said “learn heaps” can. Get the most out of your software and book a course. Even if you believe you have mastered Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office I guarantee you go away with new tricks, tips and shortcuts that you never would have found on your own. Obviously, I will continue to share the best of what I know in my free computer tips. Here’s the first one of 2012...

Since the introduction of “tabbed browsing” Internet Explorer (IE) 7 you can have multiple websites open in a single browser window. However, links on a website are often opened in a new browser window, but can be easily opened in a new browser tab.

  1. Right-click the link and select Open in New Tab. OR
  2. If you have a mouse with a wheel, simply hover over the link and press the wheel.

Try them out and find the one you like best! (I love the wheel one, which opens the link to the right of the tab that contained the original link.)

By the way, if you hate tabbed browsing, you can turn it off. See tip_339.php