Boost Your Productivity: Learn 5 Browser Tab Shortcuts

Boost Your Productivity: Learn 5 Browser Tab Shortcuts

When searching for anything on the internet, most of us browse through several tabs on our Windows or Mac-powered machines. However, navigating between these tabs using a mouse can be a bit tiresome or time-consuming at times. This is where keyboard shortcuts can come in handy, as they can reduce wrist movement and are more efficient since they require minimal effort. Here we list some useful keyboard shortcuts that can help you quickly navigate or manage browser tabs.

Open a New Tab

Most of us move our mouse multiple times a day just to open a new tab, but this can also be done using the Ctrl + T shortcut. Doing so also automatically puts the focus on the address bar, which means you type your favorite search engine about anything you want in an instant.

Reopen the Last Closed Tab

Accidentally close a tab you were working on? While you have the option to move the mouse to the top bar, right-click on it, and find the option to reopen the last tab, you can save hassle using the 'Ctrl+ Shift + T' combo.

Open a New Window

If you simply open a new browser window, use the 'Ctrl + N' shortcut. Similar to when you open a new tab, the typing cursor automatically focuses on the address bar that lets you quickly search for anything.

Switch Between Tabs

In case you happen to open multiple tabs and find it hard to navigate using a mouse because the buttons are very small, press 'Ctrl + Tab' shortcut to go to the next tab or use 'Ctrl + Shift + Tab' to go to the previous one.

Go Incognito

Want to search for something but don't want your browser to spy on you? Quickly open the incognito mode in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Brave using the Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut. If you use Firefox, the combination is 'Ctrl + Shift + P'.

Here are some Keyboard Shortcuts for Managing Browser Tabs:

  • Ctrl + T: Opens a new tab
  • Ctrl + W: Closes a tab
  • Ctrl + Tab: Goes to the next tab
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Goes to the previous tab
  • Ctrl + (any number between 1-9): Jumps to a specific tab
  • Ctrl + Shift + T: Opens a previously closed tab
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Opens an incognito or private window
  • Ctrl + Tab: Moves to tab selection
  • Ctrl + Back or Ctrl + Forward: Switches focus on a specific tab
  • Search + Shift + Increase volume: Opens the tab group menu
  • Ctrl + N: Opens a new browser window
  • Ctrl + D: Bookmarks the current page
  • Ctrl + B: Views bookmarks
  • Ctrl + H: Goes to your history
  • Ctrl + R: Reloads the current webpage