How to switch between tabs in the Internet Explorer start screen app

  • December 31, 2012
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In the Internet Explore app on the Windows 8 Start screen you can open different tabs that each contain a different a web page. This allows you to have multiple sites open at the same time that you can switch between as necessary. This tutorial will explain how to create new tabs, remove existing tabs, and switch between tabs in Internet Explorer on the Start Screen.

To start using tabs, open Internet Explorer on the Start Screen by clicking on the Internet Explorer icon as shown in the image below.


Start Internet Explorer


When you click on the icon, the Internet Explorer app will open.


Open Page


To see a list of open tabs, right-click anywhere on the web page and you should see the address bar appear on the bottom and the different open tabs on the top.


Open Tabs


When the tab list opens, as shown by the red arrow in the image above, you will see a thumbnail of each tab that you currently have open in Internet Explorer 10. To close a tab, simply click on the Close buttonbutton on the particular tab you would like to close. This will close the tab and the associated web site.

If you wanted to switch to another tab, simply click on the thumbnail for the web site you would like to switch to. This will make that tab the active one.

Last, but not least, to open a new tab click on the New tab button button. This will open a blank screen with the address bar and list of favorites at the bottom of the screen.


Open a new tab


Enter a web address in the address field or select a Favorite or Frequent site that you wish to open in the new tab. Internet Explorer will then open that site in the new tab.

If you have any questions regarding these steps, please feel free to ask us in the Windows 8 Forum.

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