Friday, August 04, 2006 1:13 AM bart

Why I might start to like tabbed browsing after all...

I've always been somewhat sceptical on the field of "tabbed browsing". I just couldn't understand why people like it so much, as it were the new Mekka of internet browsing. Putting together unrelated things in one single window seems so unnatural to me (how to find it as an ALT-TAB freak, or better WIN-TAB freak nowadays on Vista?). And quite frankly, I couldn't find myself pressing CTRL-T instead of CTRL-N in the previous IE7 betas. Or just a little now and then, ending up with even more mess than before ("oh my, in which IE window did I put that page?"). I'm just an ALT-TAB lover and will always be.

So, this IE7 beta 3 thing just blew me away: "Use most recent order when switching tabs with Ctrl+Tab" under Internet Options, Advanced. Guess what? IE7 now knows what power users like me really want: CTRL-TAB functionality that preserves the "most recent order" at all times, just like the good old ALT-TAB of Windows. I might consider to press CTRL-T more often now. Maybe I'll end up in the tabbed browsing club after all.

More info on the IE team blog on MSDN.

PS: I'm not an "alternative browser" guy, so I don't know whether this "Use most recent order when switching tabs with Ctrl+Tab" does exist in other browsers out there in the wild. But I guess not :p.

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# re: Why I might start to like tabbed browsing after all...

Friday, August 04, 2006 2:56 PM by Yuriy

Don't you think that Ctrl+Click is the most important?  You can queue what to read next.

# re: Why I might start to like tabbed browsing after all...

Saturday, August 12, 2006 12:22 PM by Graham

You need to get Opera I think ;-)

Although it defaults to having ctrl-T as new tab, I always change this to ctrl-N (which can be done in preferences->advanced->shortcuts->keyboard)

The beauty of tabs is you don't need favorites/bookmarks any more, you just leave open the 50-100 pages you visit most. When you are bored, just flick through the tabs.
Of the three main browsers opera is really the only one lean and fast enough to do this though. Both IE/FF slow to a crawl as you pass 20.

Seriously though, give it a try. :-)


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As for the feature existing in Opera, yes, it always has :-) ctrl-tab (or holding down the right mouse button and scrolling) bring up a alt-tab like list of currently open pages, sorted by your last viewed.