Manage Several Sites in Tabs on the Surface Browser
It’s not obvious, but the Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer on your Surface tablet often keeps several sites open at the same time. For example, you may be viewing a website, and then switch to the Mail app and tap a link somebody e-mailed you.
The Start screen’s Internet Explorer appears, displaying the e-mailed website. What happened to the web page you were viewing previously? The browser places it on a hidden tab—a storage place the browser uses to juggle several open sites simultaneously.
You can open websites in different tabs, too, a handy trick when you want to visit a page, but keep the first page open for reference.
To open a link in a new tab, follow this simple step:
Hold down your finger on a link. When a pop-up menu starts to appear, lift your finger. Then, from the pop-up menu, tap Open Link in New Tab.
To see your currently open tabs, slide your finger down slightly from the top edge of Internet Explorer app. When the menus appear, the top menu lists all the sites currently open in tabs.
To revisit a site, tap its name; the browser switches to that tab.
After a site lives on a tab, it stays there, even if you restart your computer. In fact, tabbed sites only close if any of these three things happen:
You manually close a tabbed site by clicking the X in the thumbnail’s upper-right corner.
You close the browser manually, usually by swiping your finger from the screen’s top edge all the way to the bottom. (The next time you open the browser, only your home page appears.)
You open more than eight tabs. The browser only has room for eight tabbed sites. If you open a ninth, your oldest tab disappears to make room for the newcomer.