Browsing with Firefox

Better understand browsing in Firefox in this free lesson. When you're done, you'll know all about Firefox browsing.

Windows and tabs

Like all browsers, Firefox allows you to open new windows to view different pages. Firefox also allows you to open multiple websites in the same window using tabs. Tabs are usually more convenient than opening several windows at the same time.

To open a new window:

  1. Click the menu button in the top-right corner of the browser, then select New Window. Alternatively, press Ctrl+N on your keyboard.
  2. The new window will appear.

To open a new tab:

  1. Click the plus sign (+) to the right of the open tab. Alternatively, press Ctrl+T on your keyboard.
  2. The new tab will appear. Type an address and press Enter to navigate to a new page.
  3. The website will appear in the new tab.

Whenever you open a new tab, the New Tab page will appear. The New Tab page will show thumbnails of the websites you visit most frequently. You can click any thumbnail to navigate to that page.

To switch between tabs:

  1. Click any tab that is not currently selected.
  2. The tab will be selected.

You can also press Ctrl+Tab on your keyboard to switch between open tabs.

To close a tab:

To open a link in a new tab:

Tabs can also make it easier to browse the web. If you find a link to a website, you can open that link in a new tab. This allows you to open the site without losing your place on the original page.

  1. Right-click the link you want to open, and select Open Link in New Tab from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, hover the mouse over the link, then press the scroll wheel on your mouse.
  2. The website will open in a new tab.
  3. Click the tab to view the website.