I'm currently using IE, but I have Chrome and Firefox as well. I use keyboard shortcuts a lot, especially when switching inbetween windows. I was wondering if it was possible for any of those browsers to have a keyboard shortcut to switch between tabs, instead of having to click on each one.

So, what are some keyboard shortcuts that make getting around in a browser easier? I know a few like ctrl+tab (switch to next tab over) and ctrl+W (close current tab).


Adding to previous answers:

Chrome can switch tabs using numbers.
e.g. Ctrl + 1 will get you to 1st tab and so on..

Added info:
Ctrl + T opens new tab
Ctrl + W closes current tab
Ctrl + Shift + T opens last closed tab(Pressing T N times will open the last N tabs)
Middle-click a link to open it in new tab
Middle click tab to close it.

In Chrome, you can select tabs using standard Shift and Ctrl keys(as with files in Explorer) and pull them out in a new window.

  • Using numbers we can switch upto 9 tabs only. If there is more than 9 tabs, numbers till 8 only can be used. And ctrl+9 will take you to the last tab. We can't access the intermediate tabs.
    – arulappan
    Aug 2 '12 at 8:43
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    quite true.. but still a handy feature.. if you want to jump to 10th tab from 1st, instead of pressing Ctrl+Tab 9 times, we can jump to 8th and then go to 10th.. Aug 2 '12 at 8:48
  • I just saw this and tried ctrl-<number> on Firefox (24.0) and it works. Very nice -- better than tabbing all the way up and down one at a time.
    – Arbalest
    Sep 28 '13 at 22:29

Ctrl + Tab will let you switch between tabs.


Ctrl + Tab – Switch to the next tab – in other words, the tab on the right. (Ctrl + Page Down also works, but not in Internet Explorer.)

Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Switch to the previous tab – in other words, the tab on the left. (Ctrl + Page Up also works, but not in Internet Explorer.)

More common browser shortcuts can be found here

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    It's not always tab on left/right. Some browsers go to through in different orders, like which ones you used last etc.
    – Svish
    Aug 2 '12 at 8:05
  • @Svish You are correct. I just added as this is followed in mostly used browsers.
    – arulappan
    Aug 2 '12 at 8:37

As suggested by others Ctrl + Tab allows you to switch between tabs. On firefox I use mouseless browsing addon to browse using keyboard. You may want to have a look at that.

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