We probably all know the ubiquitous Alt + Tab Windows OS keyboard shortcut for switching between different programs. But what about keyboard shortcuts for switching between web browser tabs within a single Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox browser window? Yes, there are key combinations for that. They are simple.
Let’s say you have already opened multiple different web pages in tabs within a single Chrome, Edge, or Firefox browser window.
- If you want to jump to the next tab on the list of the opened tabs, press Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn keys on your keyboard simultaneously.
- To jump to the previous tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp.
Using these shortcuts, you will actually cycle through all opened tabs (to the right or to the left) until you reach your desired tab. For a direct access to your desired tab, use this:
- If you want to jump to a specific tab press Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8. For instance, you want to switch between the 2nd and 5th tab without cycling through other tabs (like on the previous two methods). Just press Ctrl + 2 or Ctrl + 5, depending on which tab you want to switch to. Please keep in mind that you can use this method for up to 8 opened tabs only.
- For jumping to the last tab on the list of all opened tabs within a web browser press Ctrl + 9.
As alternative to switching between tabs in a single browser window, you can use separate browser windows and then switch between them via the general Alt + Tab Windows shortcut. This is especially a good solution if you throw other programs to the mix, for instance switching between MS Word, a media player app, and different web pages opened in separate Chrome windows. Also, if you have separate browser windows opened, you can arrange them side-by-side on the screen.