Tips - Enable Tabbed Browsing


Google Apps: De-clutter your Desktop using tabbed browsing    

Does a new browser window open each time you open a new app or web page or Google Document? Are too many browser windows cluttering up your desktop and making it hard to keep track of what's where?

Well, you can clean up this mess by having your browser open new stuff in tabs instead of separate windows. Just configure tabbed browsing for your browser of choice. After that, new tabs open within the same browser window, where you can easily navigate and view all your apps in one place! 

Enable tabbed browsing for Internet Explorer 8

These instructions are very similar if you are using Internet Explorer 7.

Step 1: First, verify which version of Internet Explorer you are currently using:

  • Open a new Internet Explorer window and click Help then About Internet Explorer. A dialog box should display indicating which version of Internet Explorer you currently have installed.
  • If you have version 7 or 8 you’re fine. If you have an earlier version, you may need to contact your IT department to upgrade to IE 7 or 8.
  • Click OK to close the dialog box.

Step 2: If you have version 7 or 8 installed:

  • Close all Internet Explorer window except for one - don't forget to save your work first.
  • Click Tools > Internet Options.
  • On the "Internet Options" dialog box, in the "Tabs" section, click Settings.
  • On the "Tabbed Browsing Settings" dialog box, select the Enable Tabbed Browsing checkbox.
  • In the “When a pop-up is encountered:” section, select Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should open.
  • Click OK on each open dialog box to close.
  • Close Internet Explorer and reopen it.
Step 3: Test tabbed browsing:

  • Open Gmail in Internet Explorer the way you normally do.
  • Click Calendar in the upper left-hand corner of your Inbox.
  • Google Calendar should open in a new tab.
  • To get back to Gmail, simply click the Mail tab (the one to the left of Google Calendar)
  • To jump to Google Calendar, now that it's open, simply click the Calendar tab!
  • To close a tab, click the X that displays. Note that the X only displays on the tab associated with the application you are currently viewing.