Internet giants may squabble over who created the first official tabbed browser, but the functionality became mainstream with the introduction of Internet Explorer 7 from Microsoft. The process adds small tabs to the top of an Internet screen with a Yahoo! or Google toolbar. Toggling between tabs makes it much easier to switch Web pages, where previously users had to have multiple windows open at once. Tabs are completely customizable and may be added with just a couple of quick clicks.
Open Internet Explorer or your preferred browser. As a default setting, note that there is at least a single tab, but there may be more.
Hover the cursor over the small blank square to the right of the last tab on the Google or Yahoo! toolbar. It may be to the left of the small icon of the house for the "Home" command. The square gets an orange star burst, and a pop-up tip says "New Tab."
Click the small blank square. Depending on system speed and settings, a new tab (titled "New Tab") opens, shifting all other tabs slightly to the left. Repeat to add multiple tabs.
- Tabbed browsing is supported on Google and Yahoo! toolbars on operating systems running Internet Explorer 7 and up, Opera after the year 2000 and Mozilla Firefox after 2001.