Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down: Change tabs

If a program or dialog box has tabs (different divided sections or pages with a label at the top), chances are that Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down will change tabs.

Try this out with Firefox and Excel to start off.

In Firefox, remember from yesterday that you can create a new tab with Ctrl+T. Now use Ctrl+Page Up to rotate through the pages (or Ctrl+Page Down to rotate the other way).

In Excel, you’ll start out with three sheets (Sheet1, Sheet2, Sheet3) when you start a new document. Ctrl+Page Down will move from Sheet1 to Sheet2 and Sheet2 to Sheet3. Ctrl+Page Up will move from Sheet3 to Sheet2 or Sheet2 to Sheet1.

For dialog boxes, if Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down don’t change tabs for you, try Ctrl+Left Arrow and Ctrl+Right Arrow, or Ctrl+Up Arrow and Ctrl+Down Arrow. Unfortunately, applications aren’t always as consistent as we’d like.

5 thoughts on “Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down: Change tabs”

  1. On the Firefox tab kick, if you use Ctrl+Tab, it will cycle you through your recently used tabs. Gets kind of confusing sometimes if you have a lot of tabs open so it might be more useful to just stick with the Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down options.

  2. Ctrl+Tab also works to cycle forward through tabs in IE7, though Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down do not. In addition, in both IE7 and Firefox, Ctrl+Shift+Tab will move you backwards through your open tabs.

  3. Fair enough — I do use Ctrl+Tab a lot in Firefox. But if you’re using Excel, only Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down work for changing tabs.
    The Ctrl+1 trick for Firefox is new to me, iuqiddis, thanks!

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