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Tab management is a huge part of using a desktop web browser. That’s where everything happens. There are a lot of tricks to help you make the most of tabs, but sometimes all you need is a simple keyboard shortcut.

These Work in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari and More

All web browsers have tabs in some way or another. For the most part, they all work generally the same, too. A lot of browsers have “Tab Groups” for organization now, which is a great tool if you frequently have dozens of tabs open.

RELATED: Why You Should Use Tab Groups in Your Web Browser

We’re going to take a step back with something a little more old school: Good old-fashioned keyboard shortcuts. Save yourself some time by getting to know these shortcuts.

Note: These keyboard shortcuts were tested in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Many of them will work in other browsers too, but we can’t guarantee they all will.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for Browser Tabs

On a PC running Windows 11, Windows 10, or any other version of Windows, try the following shortcuts. They work on Chromebooks and Linux PCs, too:

Open a New Tab: Ctrl+T

Switch to the Next Tab: Ctrl+Tab

Switch to the Previous Tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Close Current Tab: Ctrl+W

Go to a Specific Tab:¬†Ctrl+1-8 (Use “1” for the leftmost tab, “2” for the second-from-the-left tab, and so on.)

Open the Last Closed Tab: Ctrl+Shift+T

Open Incognito/Private Window: Ctrl+Shift+N

Open a New Browser Window: Ctrl+N

Open Link in New Tab: Ctrl+click link

Close the Window: Alt+F4

Chrome tabs numbered.

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Browser Tabs

On a Mac, the shortcuts are a little different. Here are the web browser keyboard shortcuts you need for macOS:

Open a New Tab: Command+T

Switch to the Next Tab: Ctrl+Tab

Switch to the Previous Tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Close Current Tab: Command+W

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Go to a Specific Tab:¬†Command+1-8 (The number “1” selects the leftmost tab, “2” selects the second tab from the left, and so on.)

Open the Last Closed Tab: Ctrl+Shift+T

Open Incognito/Private Window: Command+Shift+N

Open a New Browser Window: Command+N

Open Link in New Tab: Command+click link

Close the Window: Command+Shift+W


Keyboard shortcuts are sort of a forgotten part of navigating around a computer. Diehards love keyboard shortcuts, but they can be useful for everyone. Take some time to learn a few of these and you’ll be browsing the web even more efficiently.

RELATED: 47 Keyboard Shortcuts That Work in All Web Browsers

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