Tab Position Customizer For Google Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 2, 2011
Updated • Nov 18, 2012
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

Tabbed web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer have specific orders in which tabs are opened and closed. Developers have to configure orders for opening blank pages and links as well as activation rules when users close tabs. The default behavior of most browsers opens blank tabs on the rightmost side of the tabbar, links to the right of the active tab and activate the last used tab after closing a tab.

Some users may prefer a different order of things. Someone with one hundred or more open tabs would not necessarily want a blank tab opened at the rightmost location of the tabbar as it is easy to lose the orientation this way.

The Google Chrome extension Tab Position Customizer empowers the user to select the tab order. In particular it is possible to select the tab opening position, the new tab behavior and the behavior after closing a tab in the Google browser.

Here are the available options:

  • Tab Opening Position: Always first, Always last, Right of the current tab, Left of the current tab, Chrome default
  • Activate Tab After Tab Closing: First tab, Last tab, Right tab, Left tab, In activated order, Chrome default
  • New Tab: Activated (foreground), Not activated (background), Chrome default

As you can see, there are lots of options to configure the tab opening and closing behavior in Google Chrome.

chrome tab position customizer

Chrome users need to open the extension's options via the Wrench > Tools > Extensions > Options menu first to make the changes to the tab behavior in Chrome. The changes made on the configuration screen are active immediately which is handy for testing purposes.

The Tab Position Customizer extension empowers Chrome users to pick the tab opening and closing behavior that they want. You may have noticed that the extension has another option under Miscellaneous which configures Chrome to open pop-up windows always as new tabs in the same browser window.

Chrome users can download the extension from the official Google Chrome Web Store.

Update: The Google Chrome extension is no longer available on the Web Store. The extension that comes closest to Tab Position Customizer's functionality is Tabs Plus.


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  1. Peter Bockenhauer said on November 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I noticed that when this extension is installed and you open a new tab, the address bar no longer has focus.

  2. odio said on November 3, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Off topic:
    Hey Martin, I found the the Add-On i’m looking for, is this one:

    this one is very useful!
    thanks for the help.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Great that you found it again, and even better that I reviewed it, hehe.

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