Tips ‘N’ Tricks – Internet Explorer – Quickest way to Close a Tab in Web Browsers, SSMS, BIDS, Visual Studio, and Similar Tools

Pretty much every web browser like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera etc. have the feature of Tabs for viewing each page in a New Tab instead of a New Window.

I found a really cool and quick way to close a Tab in a Browser and other tools which we use in our Day-To-Day BI Development work like SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), and Visual Studio etc.

To Close a Tab, we just need to keep our mouse pointer anywhere on the Tab (Not necessary to click on the “x” mark) and press the Scroll Wheel on the Mouse. This will close the Tab and That’s it!

Interestingly few browsers like Internet Explorer do not have an “x” mark for Inactive Tabs as shown below (whereas few browsers like Google Chrome have “x” mark for Inactive Tabs). The above approach can be used to close even the Inactive Tabs by just keeping the Mouse Pointer anywhere on the Inactive Tab and Pressing the Scroll Wheel on the Mouse as shown below.

These are so simple tricks which we often do not know or ignore but are very helpful and help a great deal in improving the productivity. Do let me know if you know of any other such shortcuts which make your life simpler and help you improve productivity. I will be posting another tip related to Links in Browser on the similar lines.

Take a look at the other Tips and Tricks in this Series on Tips, Tricks, Techniques, and Shortcuts to Improve Productivity, and Design and Coding Skills.


About Dattatrey Sindol (Datta)

Datta is a Microsoft BI Enthusiast, passionate developer, and a blogger. View Full Profile

Posted on June 4, 2012, in BIDS, BIDS Tips, Browser Tips, Shortcuts, SQL Client Tools, SQL Server, SSAS, SSAS Tips, SSDT, SSIS, SSIS Tips, SSMS, SSMS Tips, SSRS, SSRS Tips, Tips 'N' Tricks, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Tips, Windows Tips and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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