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JimD's picture
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Create a new tab with previous site easily in Firefox & Safari

Browser Tip
If you're reading a Web page and want to go back to the last site you visited without leaving the current site you're on, there's a simple trick to allow you to do so.

Hold down the Command (Apple) key and click the Back button in Firefox or Safari. The site you're currently visiting remains open and the previous site you visited will open in a new tab.

Tip courtesy of The Graphic Mac.

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visual28's picture
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same is true moving forward. Holding Command and clicking a link will open link in a new tab as well. Very useful for traversing many links on blogs quickly.

Jono's picture
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That's very useful, thanks!

natobasso's picture
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Hit Command + 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. to open various open tabs in either browser.

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brianmot's picture
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PC users hold 'ctrl' and click back, duh

pokie's picture
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I would hope everyone here would already know they can do that??? I'm really shocked that this is a tutorial??

Since apparently this might be new to some people, you can use it on just about any button/link you come across in your browser. It's handy while watching videos or when browsing a forum.

I actually have mine set to my scroll wheel on my mouse. So, I just scroll wheel click on stuff and get the same effect.

natobasso's picture
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Ha ha. Well look who's super special now! :)

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pokie's picture
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:P

JimD's picture
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I didn't mark the article as a tutorial, it's just a quick tip. Not everyone "lives" in their browser. I've been using Firefox for years, as well as Safari, and I never even thought of Command clicking on the back or forward buttons.

While most people know you can Command click a link to open it in a new tab, I thought this one might be a little less known, and thus thought it worthy of mentioning.

If you have any further tips readers may not know about, please create a post and list them - I know I always appreciate learning new tricks!

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Ivan's picture

I didn't know that.

rchaput's picture
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I realize that one can click on the Tab Bar to open another Tab. However, if the Tab bar is not active then one has to do a KB CMD-T. Is there a way to have the Tab bar active all the time?

gwells's picture
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you should look into the tab mix plus add on. it lets you set the tab bar always active along with a whole lot of other neat options.

maybe what we should really do is start a thread with "my fave FF add ons." and maybe i'll do that.

natobasso's picture
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If you mean the tab bar always showing then FF has a preference for that.
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JimD's picture
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As does Safari. In fact, most browsers have a preference for always showing the tab bar.

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srizvi1's picture
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nice tip thanks. Any shortcut to open a new window instead of a new tab? That comes in handy if you're watching a vid. Also, I didn't see this mentioned, if you hold down shift + apple/command and click on a link, you won't lose your focus on the page you're looking at. If you just do apple/command + click, then you automatically shift focus to the new tab.

JimD's picture
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Even if you have links set to open in a new tab, if you hit Command + N, a new window will open.

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natobasso's picture
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There's a preference for this too in most browsers. Use command + click on a link and you can set whether that new window is focused on or not.

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zeljko.prsa's picture
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Hooray, thanks for the tip.

kittybella's picture
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I always appreciate quick little tips as well, JimD- I consider myself to be fairly proficient when it comes to computer knowledge- still, every now and then, I will discover a new gem that had somehow managed to elude me all this time. It never hurts to post quick tips, tweaks or tricks, despite there being the possibility that some (or even many) users may already know about it. In fact, many of the tricks & tweaks that I have discovered along the way were most likely as a result of reading blogs or website articles/posts such as this.

Regarding this tip specifically- I guess i am now ashamed to admit that I was not aware of it (considering everyone should, apparently, already know about it)- true I know to CTRL+ click on links & such, but i too had never considered doing so on my browser back/forward buttons!

So thank you for this tip, JimD, it is much appreciated!

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