Switching and closing tabs in Windows 8 and 8.1 is completely different than anything Windows users ever had to do. In previous versions of Internet Explorer, people would just click the tab they wanted to focus on or keyboard purists would adroitly press Ctrl + Tab to shuffle forward through tabs or Ctrl + Tab + Shift to reverse the tab order.
But how do you even view tabs in Windows 8? The Internet Explorer 10 and 11 Modern UI (Metro) Apps fill the entire screen. And although surfing full screen generally leads to a simpler and more enjoying web experience, it can be pretty frustrating when you’re trying to do simple things like switch between tabs.
To starting shuffling through tabs like a pro in the new Internet Explorer App, double-click the blue Internet Explorer tile from the Start Screen.
Internet Explorer opens and zooms to your default homepage.
The new immersive view doesn’t make it clear how to open tabs, close existing tabs or switch between them.
To open tabs, right-click on an empty part of the web page and you’ll see a tab bar slide into view. Keyboard enthusiasts can press the Windows Key + z to open tabs this way. Windows 8 slides on the screen from the top in Windows 8 but creeps up from the bottom in Windows 8.1.
Now, you can flip between tiles by clicking the page thumbnails.
To close a tab just click the little X in the corner of the thumbnail or if you want to open a new tab click the plus icon with the circle border. In Windows 8 the icon sits in the upper right corner of the screen; in Windows 8.1 it’s near the bottom right screen edge.
Also, one other thing I should mention: if you have a lot of tabs taking over your browser but you just want to focus on a single tab (not the others), then instead of closing each individual tab, just right-click the tab thumbnail you want and choose Close other tabs.