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Tabbed Browsing Interruptions

Friday, December 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
When I use tabbed browsing in Firefox, I am sometimes interrupted by other applications. How can I make this stop?!

A:
Good question and fortunately, you’re in luck, because I have just the right suggestion for you. I like using Firefox myself and I am a big fan of the tabbed browsing. To be honest with you, ever since I started using the tabbed browsing option, I’ve been having the same problem with my applications. So, lately, I have been wondering the same exact thing myself. After I read this question, I got to looking and I found some really good news. I do believe all you Firefox users out there will be very interested in this, so let’s get started!

Do you like to multitask when you’re using your computer? For example, maybe you’re in the middle of having an IM conversation with your friend, while you’re checking your e-mail, while you’re checking the football schedule for Sunday, while you’re catching up on the day’s news and while you’re printing out a Word document. Wow, that’s a lot to be doing all at one time, but if you’re really good at multitasking, it’s possible to do. So, when you’re in the middle of everything else, how annoying is it when some other application interrupts you?

This could be anything. A link from the news site you’re on gets bumped and it opens, overtaking the other page you had up on your screen. Or how about a link opening from an e-mail you wanted to look at later? No matter what it is, it’s frustrating! So, how can you stop this from happening? Well, one of the good things about Firefox is its settings. Firefox makes it so easy to change things around. All you really need to do is choose a new option for the tabbed browsing feature.

To do this, go to Tools, Options and click on the Advanced icon. Look under the Tabbed Browsing section and just change your preference for the way those other links get opened. You can either have them opened in a new window, in a new tab in the most recent window or in the most recent tab/window (if you like it that way). Once you choose, click OK and from now on, those pesky little links will open the way you want them to!

Also, just so you know, this particular feature can be used in Firefox 1.5 and Firefox 2 (the new version).

Okay, that takes care of that, but before I go, I want to share a couple other little tabbed browsing tricks with you. With tabbed browsing becoming more and more popular every day, surfing the Internet has never been easier. Well, believe it or not, but I’m here to make it even easier.

1.) Use Ctrl + Tab to toggle back and forth between your tabbed windows.

2.) Use Ctrl + F4 to close the most recent tab you’ve been using.

3.) Use Alt + F4 to close a browser window.

4.) Use Ctrl + T to open a brand new tab.

All of these can be used in any Firefox version, as well as, Internet Explorer 7.

Enjoy your tabbed browsing experience!

~ Erin

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