Middle Mouse Click Closes Tab and Opens Link in Background for Web Browsers

April 1, 2010 | Filed under Browser


Every web browser has started to implement the tab feature which keeps the taskbar clean and also saving some memory usage. Opening a lot of Windows takes much more memory compared to tabs. Every day we are involved in opening and closing tabs a lot of times and it is important to find the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to do it.

The shortcut key to open a tab is by simultaneously pressing CTRL+T and closing the tab is CTRL+W. To open a link to a new tab in background without changing to it, you can press and hold the CTRL button while clicking on the link.

Most modern mouse comes with 3 buttons, the left and right click plus the middle one for scrolling which can also be clicked and called as the middle click. The middle click seems to be very useful for web browsers. You can close the tab by clicking once with the mouse middle click anywhere at the tab and when using the middle click to open a link, the link will be opened in a new tab in background without you jumping straight to the new tab. If you didn’t know, you can also middle click anywhere on the page and move your mouse up or down to scroll the web page.

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