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I've been a convert to the Maxthon browser for some time now.  The convenience of having multiple tabs in one main browser window is great.  I assumed that Maxthon would have little success after IE7 came out, but I guess the end of the road for Maxthon came sooner rather than later.

Enter tabbed browsing in IE via the latest version of the MSN Toolbar.

Right-click “Open in new window” still creates another separate instance of IE.  Instead, the MSN Toolbar adds two new right-click menu selections:  “Open in new background tab“ and “Open in new foreground tab“.  The former opens the link in a new tab without changing the focus from the current page.  The latter opens the link in a new tab and switches focus to that tab.

The Toolbar also adds an “open each link in a new background tab”, for which the default setting is off.  With a click of this button all links will open in their own tab.  There is also an “add tab” button to quickly create a new blank tab. 

These useful keyboard shortcuts are documented on the Toolbar Help page:

Open a new tab CTRL+T
Go to the next tab on the right CTRL+TAB
Go to the next tab on the left CTRL+Shift+TAB
Open a link in a background tab Press ALT and click the link
Open a link in a foreground tab Press CTRL and ALT, and click the link
Close a tab Press CTRL+F4

Update:  To the MSN Toolbar team - one organizational helper would be for the “New Tab” addition to be inserted after the currently focused tab rather than tacked on to the end of all tabs.

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2005 8:31 PM Software | Back to top


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