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In addition to allowing users to select when to move the newly created tab, this version now allows user to decide which tab to activate when they close a tab. This option is *experimental* due to the limitations of extensions. Please leave comment if you find a reproducible bug.

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  1. Version 0.1
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    Brings the newly created tab to the next right of the currently selected tab.

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  2. Version 0.2
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    Brings the newly created tab to the next right of the currently selected tab.

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    More consistent behavior when you close a tab, or move a tab within a window or between windows.

  3. Version 1.0
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    Brings the newly created tab to the next right of the currently selected tab.

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  4. Version 1.1
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    Brings the newly created tab to the next right of the currently selected tab.

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    Add an option to choose the new tab placement strategy. Unfortunately, choosing which tab to activate when closing a tab is currently unsupported.


  1. dracflamloc says:

    Perhaps I’m misreading the description ,but isnt this chrome’s default behavior?

  2. roy_hu says:

    Chrome opens tabs at the rightmost when you press Ctrl-T, or google search a string within a page.

  3. Hmm… doesn’t seem to work for me on windows

  4. lilbluepill says:

    I’m not a developer, so I don’t know how to resolve this; however, I ended up disabling this extension (after much initial enthusiasm) after discovering that when I pressed CTRL+T for a new tab and entered a search term or URL into the Omniba, the query or URL would not logically appear in the freshly opened tab, but instead it opens a second tab immediately to the right of the one I _just_ opened (via CTRL+T) and loads the query or URL in *that* tab, in effect leaving lots of “junk” new tabs and blank tabs scattered about. A resolution for this issue and you’ll have yourself one of the best and most-needed extension available for Chrome; not to mention one hell of an achievement. Thanks again, roy_hu, for your work on this one. I’ll look forward to an update resolving this issue. Cheers!

  5. Tim says:

    It worked on my Windows installation, but it’s pretty wacky— it pops up over at the far right, but then zooms like a madman across the top of my browser to put itself next to my active tab.

    Rather distracting 🙂

  6. roy_hu says:

    I just tested it on Chromium (32722) on Windows 7. Worked fine just like on Linux. I don’t know why it didn’t work for some of you guys 🙁

  7. sede says:

    Thanks for the extension. This way we can keep the tabs in groups. It would be good to also have an extension which opens the just left tab when the active is closed.

  8. David says:

    I second the request for a “move to the left when closing the active tab” option – that is how I have always configured any browser I can (using extensions) and it works very well for me. (The tabs form FIFO structures that work for reading them in order of opening) I also don’t like how chrome will sometimes open new tabs to the right of other recently opened tabs instead of always to the right of the active – if you can make that optional as well I would be very grateful.

  9. roy_hu says:


    I don’t think there’s a way to improve that.

  10. roy_hu says:

    @sede @David
    I’m happy to announce the new version that fulfills your request. I had to go through many rounds of trial and error to put together this hack, due to tricky order of callbacks. The end result is almost a complete rewrite.

    Please report here if you find any *reproducible* bugs. I’ve been testing this a day — placement of new tabs should always work, and selection of next tab when closing a tab can go wrong, but very rarely.

  11. sede says:

    Thanks, but I cannot find the download link – the “add to chrome” button for this extension. First reinstalled chrome, then checked in multiple browsers and operating systems, but it is missing for me! Other extensions and older versions of this extensions have…

  12. roy_hu says:

    I don’t know what happened, I reuploaded the extension three times but I couldn’t see the download link either. Anyway, you can get it from

  13. sede says:

    It is working very well, thank you very much for implementing the select the last tab function.
    If you don’t mind I advise to improve the configuration dialog a bit, because the “When a new tab is created: move it when it is far right/always move/do nothing” is not clear for me. Other extensions say “open new tabs next to current one”, “position new tabs to right of current tab”, etc.

  14. olezhka says:

    Thanks very much. This feature was the one I missed most in Chrome and one last reason to not switch to Chrome completely.
    It just annoys me widely when I press CTRL+T and it suddenly creates new tab at the end of bar.

  15. Sridhar says:

    Can you please add a new option in the ‘when a tab is closed’ dropdown which is to switch to last active tab?

  16. David says:

    I’ve been using version 1.5 for a while now and am happy to report that if it’s gone wrong at all, I haven’t noticed. (although when trying out the “Incognito mode” I discovered that it turns off extensions because I noticed the tabs acting default. Makes sense, but annoying. Oh well)


  17. roy_hu says:

    @Sridhar, thanks for your request. That’s harder to implement, and I don’t plan to support it for now. But anyone is welcome to build on my extension.

  18. sede says:

    Please post it to the official Google Chrome plugins page, too.

  19. roy_hu says:

    I would love to, but I hate making icons 🙂

  20. sede says:

    It disappeared from the TABS category! Do something, I don’t want to loose my favorite extension! 🙂
    You could use an existing icon from this location for example (needs oxygen icon set):
    Or just a “+” sign 🙂 or I would draw it (but can’t draw so nice like the oxygen icons).

  21. roy_hu says:

    Hey sede, thanks for your tip. I’ve uploaded the extension here. Please vote for me!

  22. Jeremy says:

    Thanks, this is a handy extension! I would love if it gave you the option, after closing a tab, to focus on the last selected tab. This is Opera’s default behavior and I don’t think any extension for Chrome does it yet.

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