The best keyboard shortcuts for managing your browser tabs, including how to jump to specific tabs

Hand typing on Mac laptop keyboardAndrew Brookes/Getty ImagesYou can move seamlessly between browser tabs with these common keyboard shortcuts.
  • You can manage all the tabs in your internet browser with simple keyboard shortcuts.
  • For example, press Ctrl or Command + T to open a new tab, or Ctrl or Command + W to close the current tab.
  • Nearly every internet browser shares the same basic keyboard shortcuts.
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If you spend a lot of time online, you probably know the pain of opening a dozen tabs and needing to navigate through them.

Luckily, every web browser has keyboard shortcuts to help you manage your tabs. These shortcuts involve holding down two or three keys at once, and can save you time.

Here are a collection of useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS computers. These should work on any internet browser.

The best keyboard shortcuts for tab management in Windows

Dell XPS 15 2019Crystal Cox/Business InsiderAll Windows PCs come with Microsoft Edge pre-installed.
  • New tab: Ctrl + T
  • Close tab: Ctrl + W
  • Go to next tab: Ctrl + Tab
  • Go to previous tab: Ctrl + Shift + Tab
  • Jump to a specific tab: Ctrl + (any number between 1-9)
  • Open a previously closed tab: Ctrl + Shift + T
  • Open an incognito or private window: Ctrl + Shift + N
  • Close the window: Alt + F4

The best keyboard shortcuts for tab management on a Mac

Macbook laptop using keyboardbelchonock/Getty ImagesSafari is the default browser on Mac computers.
  • New tab: Command + T
  • Close tab: Command + W
  • Go to next tab: Ctrl + Tab
  • Go to previous tab: Ctrl + Shift + Tab
  • Jump to a specific tab: Command + (any number between 1-9)
  • Open a previously closed tab: Command + Shift + T
  • Open an incognito or private window: Command + Shift + N
  • Close the window: Command + Shift + W

The best keyboard shortcuts for tab management in Chrome OS

Chromebook logoSmith Collection/Gado/Getty ImagesAs the name suggests, Chromebooks use Google Chrome.
  • New tab: Ctrl + T
  • Close tab: Ctrl + W
  • Go to next tab: Ctrl + Tab
  • Go to previous tab: Ctrl + Shift + Tab
  • Jump to a specific tab: Ctrl + (any number between 1-9)
  • Open a previously closed tab: Ctrl + Shift + T
  • Open an incognito window: Ctrl + Shift + N
  • Close the window: Ctrl + Shift + W

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