The ability to open a web page in a new browser tab instead of a new window is one of computing’s most popular upgrades of all time.
But there is one annoyance with tabbed browsing that really gets on my nerves, and that’s how new tabs open in the background instead of opening out in front where you can see them without having to first click on the new tab.
Getting Internet Explorer and Firefox to open new tabs immediately is simply a matter of changing a setting.
Here’s how to do it in Internet Explorer:
1 – Click Tools>Internet Options>Tabs.
2 – Check the box beside Always switch to new tabs when they are created.
3 – Click Ok, then click Ok again.
Here’s how to do it in Firefox:
1 – Click Tools>Options>Tabs.
2 – Check the box beside When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately.
3 – Click Ok.
If you prefer using Google Chrome, there is no setting available for immediately switching to new tabs. There is however a great Chrome extension called Tab Activate for doing just that. If you wish to install it, simply visit this page while using your Chrome browser and click the Add To Chrome button.