Rants, rambles, news and notes from another geek

Tab Management Shortcuts for IE7

So there I am browsing a couple of internal sites suddenly IE7 switches into a mode where it shows me thumbnails of all my open tabs.

“Wha happan??”

I pressed ESC and it went away. But then I couldn’t figure out what did it. No combination of Shift, Ctrl, Alt + Tab would do it. Hmmm… Oh well… Back to work.

Five minutes later it happened again. Twice was enough for me to find the pattern.

I was using Outlook Web Access (aka OWA). For a long time I’ve been a stickler for keeping track of which messages I’ve really read and which I haven’t. So in regular Outlook, I turn off the “auto mark as read” feature of the preview pane and manually mark as read or unread using Ctrl+Q and Ctrl+U.

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Very cool! Not sure how much I’ll use it, but it is neat. It also got me wondering about other shortcuts. I’m sure there are more, but I also found that it support Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, etc. for direct selection of tabs. (Firefox does this too.)