How-To Geek

Modify Tab Ordering in Google Chrome

Are you frustrated with the default tab behavior in Chrome? Then the Modified Tab Ordering extension might be just what you have been looking for.


Most people usually have a favorite set of webpages that they open when they start their day, but different preferences in how they like for new tabs opened from the original(s) to behave.


The default behavior in Chrome is for new tabs to open “relative” to the original and therefore be “grouped together” as shown here with these two How-To Geek webpages. But not all people care for that and prefer for new tabs to be opened at the far right end of the “Tab Bar”.



Once again here is our set of “starter webpages” with the same link being opened in a new tab. This time that new tab is all the way at the end of the “Tab Bar” waiting to be viewed after the “starter webpages” have been sorted through.


Closing “starter webpages” will produce a very satisfying behavior…


A perfect precession of tabs in a “left to right” order. Once you have finished with your “starter webpages” you can enjoy viewing all of those new tabs in just the order that you opened them.



This extension should be a perfect fit for you if you are someone who prefers sorting through your “starter webpages” first then viewing newly opened tabs in successive “left to right” order.


Download the Modified Tab Ordering extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/8/10

Comments (4)

  1. Adam

    This is an extension :O
    Doesn’t Chrome have something like an About:config?

  2. Haribo

    In the same way, I’d like Ctrl+Tab to cycle through tab history, not to move from tab X to tab X+1 …

  3. Grumpy

    Can anybody help me to understand why for no reason the icons for wireless and speaker suddenly stop appearing on desk top. I have Windows Vista and when I went into the taskbar menu the wireless and speaker boxes were faded not bold and had no check mark in the boxes. The menu would not let me check the boxes again. The only way I could make them appear I had to use a restore date and now they are back.

  4. Moosix

    Such behaviour is a default one in Opera for last few years.
    It’s really usefull.

    Opera rlz!!

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