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Open multiple tabs at once

August 17, 2008

Did you know that you can set up your Firefox or Internet Explorer 7.x (IE7) web browser to open multiple tabs at once? If there are sites that you always go to when you open your browser and connect to the internet each day, then you don’t need to open one at a time.

You can set this up in two ways in Firefox and IE7—Method 1 for both is the simplest.

Here’s how…

Firefox: Method 1

  1. In Firefox, open each site you want to open automatically in a new tab.
  2. Go to Tools > Options.
  3. On the Main panel, click Use Current Pages (note that it’s plural!). The Home Page field is populated with each tab’s URL, separated by a pipe (|) character.
  4. Click OK—when you next open Firefox, the tabs you sent all open at once.

Firefox: Method 2

  1. Go to Tools > Options.
  2. Enter each page’s URL into the Home Page field—separate each with the pipe (|) character.
  3. Click OK.

You can remove any site by repeating Firefox: Method 1 or manually deleting the URL and its preceding pipe character from the Home Page field.

The only downside to doing this is in Firefox that when you click the HOME icon, they’ll all re-open, even if they’re currently open.

IE7: Method 1

  1. In IE7, open each site you want to open automatically in a new tab.
  2. Go to Tools > Internet Options.
  3. On the General tab, click Use current. The Home Page field is populated with each tab’s URL, one on each line.
  4. Click OK—when you next open IE7, the tabs you sent all open at once.

IE7: Method 2

  1. Go to Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Enter each page’s URL into the Home Page field—one on each line.
  3. Click OK.

You can remove any site by repeating IE7: Method 1 or manually deleting the line for a specific URL from the Home Page field.

4 comments

  1. Another method (the one I use) is to bookmark all open tabs, giving them a special group bookmark name. Then when I open Firefox, I can select Bookmarks > [group name] > Open All in Tabs. It’s not automatic, but it works :-)


  2. Hi,

    Can you display multiple tabs at once? Like say a 2 page document in word? (Obviously without having several instances of your web browser open)


  3. Do you mean like a split window? Or the view you get in the Print Preview mode in Word where you can show 2, 4, 6, 8 pages at a time? For either situation, I don’t think you can do this in these browsers—at least, not without an add-on of some sort. Firefox allows add-ons, so check out what’s available at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/. As far as I know, IE doesn’t allow add-ons.


  4. Thanks for the IE notes, that was a time saver ;)



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