Tech Tip of Week: Using Tabbed Browsing

By
Real Estate Agent with Aloha Realty Group

Do you use tabbed browsing? Have you maximized your efficiency using tabbed browsing? Whether you are an real estate agent, customer or rocket scientist tabbed browsing and efficient use of bookmarks is a big time saver!

I've been using tabbed browsing with Mozilla/Firefox for years. Now IE also supports it. It is one of the biggest time-savers and focus features I've found. I'll explain "focus feature" later!

Using tabs is pretty simple. Each browser is slightly different so the actual commands may be slightly different than I describe but the concept is the same. Anytime you click on a link, instead right-click and select "Open in New Tab". You can also go to the menu area right above the web page and right-click to show options New Tab, Close Tab, Close all Tabs.

Here are a few tips that I recommend for all:

  1. Set up useful sets of tabs that you use frequently. As a busy agent the one I use the most contains:
    • MLS System
    • Tax/Property Information
    • My online contact database system (Top Producer)
    • My Website
    • My broker's website
    • My forms system

    You can rearrange tabs by just drag and dropping them where you want them. Now save this set of tabs in your bookmarks/favorites.

    • In IE: Go to Favorites menu and Add Tab Group to Favorites
    • In Firefox: Right-click on any tab and say Bookmark All Tabs.

    Name the group "My work sites". Do this for any similar set of sites you use often. I have groups set up for More Real Estate Sites (Craiglist, Zillow, Trulia...), Blogs (w/Active Rain, my blogs, my friends and families blogs), Financial (with login pages to my most used financial institutions), etc.

  2. You can even set up a tab-set as your home page so that all the tabs are opened when you open a browser.
  3. Think about how you can use this to expand your business! Here's some ideas:
    • Send buyers a set of useful tabs for their internet searching. Favorites and bookmarks are both easily exported and imported!
    • Give your buyers a virtual tour of properties with a set of bookmarks. Use the bookmark description field to enter your personal comments about the property. You can also do this with the properties they've just gone to see (make sure to put their favorites at the top of the list).
    • Setup tab set with links to your favorite affiliates sites
    • Setup tab set for your clients with links to everything they'll need. Create a template and clone/tailor for each client.

    There are a ton of possibilities here!

  4. In Bookmarks/Favorites you can group current favorites into folder. That folder can then be opened as a tab set. You can even put folder in folders. For example: I have my More Real Estate Sites under Real Estate Sites. Keeps the list more organized.
  5. When working on a project, keep all sites accessed in a single window with tab sets. For example: I recently was researching new smart phones. I went to several sites reading reviews and analyzing feature sets. I kept all the sites (organized with my favorites up front) in a tab set. If I can't finish the project in one sitting (VERY COMMON!) I just save the tab set for future use. Also make sure to clean up your lists often. In the case of projects I'll sometimes archive them in my ZARCHIVE folder.

Ok, now for how I use it to keep me "focused". I use tabbed browsing to help me stay on track and keep my virtual desk space organized. If I decide to read the news for a few minutes, I'll open a NEW window with my google home page. I go through my favorite news lists and open tabs for each of the articles that I want to read. Then I just go through my tabs and read, closing the tab after reading. I give myself a set amount of time and try to stay focused. When I'm done (or pulled to do something else) I just close the window. It's like cleaning your desk with a single click.

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I would be lost without tab browsing. I can thank Jonathan for introducing it to me a couple years ago via firefox. For those that don't use it.........START TODAY..............:)

I talk to lots of our members every day that don't use it and I cringe. I wish I had the time to show them how to go to mozilla.com and download firefox. 

Nov 09, 2007 08:39 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Katie Wethman
Keller Williams - Falls Church, VA
CPA, MBA, Realtor - Northern Virginia & DC Real Estate

Very cool - thanks for the tip!  I use tabs all the time but didn't realize you could create a folder of them and open a bunch at one time!

 

Nov 09, 2007 09:06 AM #2
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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One of the great features for those of us who work online is tabs prevent you from accidentally, for example, closing Firefox in the middle of writing. Sometimes I click so fast and multitask, that I can click the orange ball by mistake. At least with tabs, it stops the application from immediately closing by popping up a screen that asks if you want to close all your tabs. That's when I realize I'm about to close my browser and I cancel the action. It's saved me more than once. OK, I know you shouldn't write online but do it in text, copy and paste, but that's too logical for me.
Nov 09, 2007 11:46 AM #3
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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With tabbed browsing I like it where you can just close the window of interest. Thanks for the pointers Kathy.
Nov 10, 2007 06:02 AM #4
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