Multiple Browser Tabs and Windows

Having multiple windows or tabs open in your web browser at the same time is an advanced trick that can help you get the most out of Techboomers.  The most obvious way it can help is if you want to keep one of our tutorials open while you work on the website that the tutorial is for.  Using multiple browser windows or tabs can let you do this without having to keep doubling back from one website to the other whenever you want to read what the next step is in our tutorial or apply it practically on the designated website.

Most of the links from Techboomers to the websites of the services that we provide tutorials for open a new web browser window or tab when you click them.  However, in case they don't (or in case you want to use this trick with other websites), here's how to do it.

How to use multiple browser tabs

  1. The easiest way to use multiple browser tabs is by finding a button or link that takes you to a new website, right-clicking on the button with your mouse to bring up a menu, and then left-clicking Open (Link) in New Tab.

    How to open a web page in a new browser tab

  2. Now, at the top of your web browser, you should see two different windows open: one for the website you came from on the left, and one for the website you just went to on the right.  Just click which one you want to look at right now to quickly switch back and forth between them.

    How to switch between browser tabs

  3. You can also open a new blank browser tab by:

    - Clicking the button next to the last open tab in your web browser
    - Clicking File and then New Tab in your web browser's menu
    - Using your keyboard, holding down "Ctrl" and then pressing "T"

    Opening and closing browser tabs

    From there, you can use a search engine to find something else that you want to be able to be doing at the same time as everything else, or if you know where it is, just type in its address in your browser's address bar!

    Or, if you have too many tabs open and they're cluttering up your screen and making it difficult to know what to focus on, you can click the "X" next to any tab to close it.

How to use multiple browser windows

Using multiple browser windows is similar to using multiple browser tabs, but it can allow you to have multiple websites not only open at the same time, but also viewable on your screen at the same time.  They take up a lot of space, though, so you may need to resize your windows -- or even use multiple monitors -- if you want everything to display properly.

  1. The easiest way to use multiple browser windows is by finding a button or link that takes you to a new website, right-clicking on the button with your mouse to bring up a menu, and then left-clicking Open (Link) in New Window.

    How to open a web page in a new browser window

  2. You can also open a new blank browser window by:

    - Clicking File and then New Window in your web browser's menu
    - Using your keyboard, holding "Ctrl" and then pressing "N"

    From there, you can use a search engine to find something else that you want to be able to be doing at the same time as everything else, or if you know where it is, just type in its address in your browser's address bar!

    How to open a new blank browser window

  3. Now, to switch between two open browser windows, find the icon that represents your web browser at the bottom of your desktop screen (you'll notice that it has overlapping squares on it, representing how many windows you have open).  By moving your mouse over this icon, you should see thumbnail images of all of the browser windows that you have open.  Click the thumbnail that corresponds to the window you want to look at to display it. 

    How to switch between or close browser windows

    You can also quickly close an open browser window here by clicking the "X" in the top-right corner.

  4. If you want to view two browser windows at the same time, you can click the restore button () on each of them and then move your mouse to the edge of the window until two lines pointing in opposite directions appear (↔).  You can then click and drag your mouse to change the window's size.  Then click and drag in an empty space at the top of your browser window to move the window where you want it to be. 

    How to resize and move browser windows

    If you have your computer set up to use two monitors, you can even move one window onto the screen on your spare monitor!

And that's a quick introduction to how you can use multiple windows or tabs with your web browser!

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