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I thought I would post this here because it’s not easy to figure out. If you use a web browser like Opera, you know how cool and useful the “duplicate tab” feature is for web browsing… However, a quick glance at your “tab features” in IE7 and Firefox might leave you with the thought that you can’t duplicate or clone an existing tab into a new one that contains the same URL. You can.
The following procedure allows you to duplicate an existing TAB from within Firefox or IE7.
Go to a tab that has the site that you want to duplicate.
Click on the ADDRESS URL bar of that tab (URL will become highlighted)
While all the words are highlighted in the ADDRESS BAR, perform the following key combination: hold ALT and press ENTER, i.e. ALT+ENTER. Voila! New tab that has the same URL as the one you wanted to clone.
That is all you should need to do to replicate the tab. So, if you had trouble replicating, duplicating, copying, mirroring, doubling, repeating or just plain cloning the TAB in IE7, or Firefox, now you know how to do it!
I would assume that in the next upgrade of both of these browsers they will add this rather OBVIOUS feature to the right-click functionality of the TAB itself. It’s a no-brainer… but you know what happens when you assume!
Note: Although the tab with the original URL is duplicated, the history is not “duplicated” as it is with Opera. :(
UPDATE: You can find a plugin to help with this for FireFox from Twanno at:
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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