Managing multiple tabs in a browser can be a daunting task believe me, especially if you have a lot of them open at the same time. But with the right techniques, it is possible to switch between tabs quickly and efficiently. I have been suffering from the same problem you are going through, so here are some ways to switch tabs for different browsers to boost your productivity according to my experience:
Keyboard Shortcuts to Switch Tabs:
One of the easiest and fastest ways to switch tabs is by using keyboard shortcuts. In Google Chrome, you can use the “Ctrl + Tab” or “Ctrl + Shift + Tab” to switch tabs. And the good thing about this method is that you can use the same method in firefox and Microsoft edge. So if you want to make it easier just settle your fingers on the position, it would be daunting in the beginning, but when you will get used to it, you can do this unconsciously as I do now.
Using the Mouse:
You can also switch tabs by using your mouse. In Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, you can simply click on the tab you want to switch to. Additionally, you can also use the mouse to switch tabs by hovering over the tab and using the scroll wheel. Yeah, I know this is a traditional and old way to switch tabs, and not a very favorite one. Sometimes, you feel so lazy while working that you do not want to put your hand away from the keyboard to reach out to the mouse(or that is just me?).
Some browsers, like Chrome, have a large selection of tab-switching extensions available. These extensions can be used to switch tabs using various methods such as keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, and more. If you feel like using one, you can go for the best one, after reading reviews. And do let me know which one you find the most attractive and why.
If you have a lot of tabs open and can’t find the one you need, you can use the tab search feature to quickly find the tab you’re looking for. In Chrome, you can use the “Ctrl + Shift + A” keyboard shortcut to open the tab search. A list of open tabs and previous tabs will appear on the right side, and you can easily choose the one you want to open even open previous tabs. In firefox and edge, you can already see the list on the side with the tabs opened.
Tab groups are a feature in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox that allows you to organize tabs into different groups. This makes it easy to switch between tabs that are related to the same task or project. Believe me, this technique is really productive and you don’t have to waste your time looking for a specific tab, you can right-click on the tab and add it to the group with a specific color, and it also created a border that you can use to distinguish from other tabs that are opened.
I am using this feature for a long time, and it really helped me a lot. Pinned tabs are a feature in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge that allows you to pin a tab to the left of the tab bar. This makes it easy to access frequently used tabs. Even if you reopen the chrome browser you can find your pinned tabs on the top left side of your browser and I think this is really cool.
Using the Tab Context Menu:
Another way to switch tabs is by using the tab context menu. Right-clicking on a tab will open a menu with options to switch to other tabs, close tabs, and more. I know this can take a while, but you can do more things with the option and this can be helpful in the long run.
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Using the Taskbar:
If you have multiple browsers open, which is the case for me when I am researching a specific article, you can switch between tabs by clicking on the browser icon on the taskbar and then selecting the tab you want to switch to. This is the easiest and simplest way to reach a specific tab in multiple browsers. Or you can hold “Windows” and press “Tab” to switch to tabs one by one, in case you are using windows 7.
In the end, I would like to say that, there are many ways to switch tabs in a browser. It depends on the browser you are using and your personal preference. By mastering these techniques, you can easily navigate through multiple tabs and find the one you need in no time.
Experiment with different methods and find the one that works best for you that boosted your productivity and shares that with our readers as well. Opera GX is one of the best browsers with so many advanced features, would you want me to write a detailed article about the features of opera GX and how you can use them? See you at the next one, Take Care!