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June 14th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Tabs, Tabs, Tabs

Don’t you just love tabs? I am a huge fan because they make it much easier for me to multitask. I can switch from site to site or document to document so easily that I can have many things going on at the same time. No logging in and out every time I move to another website or task.

Browser Tabs
While Firefox was first with tabbed browsing, it is now standard with all browsers (FF, IE, Safari, Chrome). It enables you stay logged in to multiple websites at once and just click between them when you want to go from your email to Facebook to iGoogle to Garanimals, or elsewhere.

Just click on the New Tab icon to the right of the open tab or tabs on your toolbar (or CTRL-T/Command-T). Type in a new URL. Continue opening new tabs so that you have as many as you need.

Firefox, Safari and Chrome allow you to save the open tabs when you shut down so that when you start up the browser again, all the tabs in your last session come right back. You may have to go to the Tools/Internet Options and change the Tab behavior setting, but it’s worth the steps to do that.

IE doesn’t have this option, but if you want to simulate it, go to Tools/Internet Options/General and in the Home Page section, type the URL of each desired tab on it’s own line in the box and it will open each one every time you restart IE.

While you’re there, you might want to look further down in the General tab and click on the Settings button in the Tabs section. Here you can choose the “Always open pop-ups in a new Tab” option. This will keep IE from opening a new window every time you click on a link. Tabs are much easier to navigate than multiple windows.

Office Tabs
I could kiss that guy who turned me on to these (thanks Coop!). This app allows you to open multiple documents in Microsoft Office in tab format so that instead of jumping down to your taskbar to move between open documents, you’ve got tabs just below the ribbon. I love this.

To get the free (for home use) Office Tabs app, click here. It’s a great blog post by Kim Komando and includes the link for the app itself.

Works with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Office 2003, 2007, 2010 (not Mac or Linux)

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

 

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