Manage Several Sites in Tabs on the Surface Browser - dummies

Manage Several Sites in Tabs on the Surface Browser

By Andy Rathbone

It’s not obvious, but the Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer often keeps several sites open on your Surface at the same time. For example, while viewing a website, you might visit the Start screen and tap a link you’d pinned there earlier for easier access.

The Start screen’s Internet Explorer reappears, now displaying the pinned 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 the App bar appears along the screen’s bottom, tap the Open in New Tab icon.

To see your currently open tabs, slide your finger up slightly from the bottom edge of the Internet Explorer app. When the menus appear, you see thumbnails of all the sites currently open in tabs.

To revisit a site, tap its name; the browser switches to that tab.


When a site lives on a tab, it stays there even if you restart your computer. In fact, tabbed sites close only if any of these two things happen:

  • You manually close a tabbed site by clicking the X in the thumbnail’s lower-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.)