May 06, 2024

How to Use Horse Browser’s Trails

Written by Eleanor McKeown

How to Use Horse Browser’s Trails

May 6, 2024 10:50 AM
How to Use Horse Browser’s Trails, the navigation feature that replaces your browser tabs
In this post, we will share the magic of Trails, the transformational feature of Horse Browser, the browser that is designed to help you keep track of your internet research and start a new productive life online.
Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to use Horse Browser’s Trails.

What is a Trail?

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Horse Browser offers users a unique navigation system, replacing your Tabs with Trails. Taking Tree Style Tabs as a design starting point, Horse Browser re-thinks this approach and introduces a totally innovative method of browsing.
Horse Browser captures a Trail of pages as you browse, merging Tabs, History and Bookmarks into one easy-to-read vertical layout.
All the pages you need are readily accessible and never get in your way.
The end result? No more cluttered Tabs or trying to remember random pieces of information as you leave a page behind.

How to use Horse Browser’s Trails

Trails are designed to be an intuitive navigation method, which take away the mental effort of Tab management and leave you feeling calm & zen when browsing. Plus, they help boost your productivity as you deep dive your online research.
Once you get started with Trails, you’ll find you’ll never want to go back to Tabs! Read on for full instructions to get started.

➤ 1. How to open a new Trail

Keyboard users: 
  • + T on your Mac keyboard
  • Ctrl + T on your Windows / Linux keyboard
Mouse users: 
  • Click + at the top of the sidebar
Congratulations. You’ve opened your very first page on the Trail.
Enter the search term or URL you need and you’re good to go.

➤ 2. How to expand and collapse a Trail

Tuck away pages you don’t need and focus on the task in hand.
Keyboard users: 
To collapse a Trail
  • + + ◀︎ on Mac
  • + Ctrl + ◀︎ on Windows and Linux
To expand a Trail
  • + + ▶︎ on Mac
  • + Ctrl + ▶︎ on Windows and Linux
Mouse users:
  • Click > next to your Trail to expand and again to collapse
The old Trail will be saved and ready in your sidebar whenever you need it.

➤ 3. How to delete a Trail

First, collapse your Trail, as instructed above, and then delete as follows:
Keyboard users:
  • + W on Mac
  • Ctrl + W on Windows / Linux
Mouse users:
  • Click X next to your Trail to delete

➤ 4. How to create a SubTrail?

The Trailhead is the parent Trail, where all subsequent Trails and pages are opened. SubTrails are nested underneath the Trailhead.
They are connected to the Trailhead and act as ‘children’ of the Trailhead. To create one:
Mouse users:
  • Click + at the side of the page or ••• and select New Subtrail
  • You can also drag-and-drop a Trail onto the Trailhead to nest it inside
Keyboard users:
  • ⌥ ⌘ T on Mac
  • Alt + Ctrl + T on Windows and Linux

➤ 5. How to create a SideTrail?

SideTrails exist underneath the Trailhead but aren’t connected to the Trailhead. They are separate but connected lines of enquiry or research under a Trailhead. To create one:
Mouse users:
  • Visit Menu > File > New SideTrail
  • Drag-and-drop your Trail so that is is separate, non-nested within the Trail
Keyboard users:
  • ⌥ ⇧ ⌘ T on Mac
  • Alt + Shift + Ctrl + T on Windows and Linux

➤ 6. How to move pages on a Trail? 

You can move pages to wherever you need them most, whether that is within your current Trail or to a totally different Trail.
Mouse users:
  • Drag-and-drop individual pages
Keyboard users:
  • ⌥ ⌘ + arrow keys on Mac
  • Alt + Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys on Windows / Linux

➤ 7. How to delete pages? 

To delete individual pages on the Trail, the process is similar to deleting a Trail.
Mouse users:
  • Click X next to the page to delete
Keyboard users:
  • W on Mac
Ctrl + W on Windows / Linux when viewing the page you want to remove

8. How to re-open a page or Trail you just deleted? 

To re-open a page or Trail deleted in error:
Mouse users:
  • Visit Menu > File > Reopen Closed Page
Keyboard users:
  • + + T on Mac
  • Shift + Ctrl + T on Windows / Linux

9. How to change your default Search Engine in Trails

Horse Browser’s default search engine is Google. You can choose alternatives, such as Bing, Kagi, or DuckDuckGo.
Mouse users:
  • Visit Menu > Horse > Settings
Keyboard users:
  • +, on Mac
  • Ctrl +, on Windows / Linux

10. How to learn more about Horse Browser’s navigation?

If you need to recap any of this information as you use Horse Browser or want to learn more navigation steps, visit the following places.
Keyboard users: View the Menu for all the shortcuts you need.
Mouse users: Visit the Menu or ••• at the side of each page for more options.


In this post, we have shared an introduction to using Trails. You have learnt what a Trail is and how to create a new one. We have also shared further tips, including how to move Trails & pages, how to delete Trails and Horse Browser’s Sidetrails and Subtrails features. In the next part of our five-post series, we’ll be sharing how to turn Trails into your ultimate productivity system.

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