Ctrl+Tab MRU


‘Ctrl+Tab MRU’ allows switching through tabs in the order they were visited before. By default this happens by pressing Ctrl+Y for going back in time and Ctrl+Shift+Y for the other way round.

If you want to set the keyboard shortcuts to Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab you must do this manually in your preferences file (Google doesn’t allow to set this key combinations on the Extensions page):
– Install the extension.
– Go to the Extensions page (Menu > More tools > Extensions).
– At the end of the page click on Keyboard shortcuts.
– Enter new key combinations for Ctrl+Tab MRU, f.e. Ctrl+A and Ctrl+Shift+A. These will be written to your preferences file.
– Exit from Google Chrome.
– Now switch to File Explorer and open your preferences file:
— Windows users: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences
— Mac users: /Users//Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences
— Ubuntu users: /home//.config/chromium/Default/Preferences
– Search for the previously entered keyboard shortcuts inside the preferences file, f.e. Ctrl+A and Ctrl+Shift+A, and replace them with Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab.
– Save and close the file, reopen Chrome and the new shortcuts will be working.

BIG THANKS go out to Radek Zyka for this valueable hint!
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Tab switching also works on special pages (like chrome://), Chrome Web Store URLs, PDFs, XMLs or when the address bar is focused. In this case a temporary tab is opened to show the menu.
To directly jump to a tab listed on the switcher menu, click on its title or icon.

– At the moment I don’t have an idea how to avoid the temporary tab. It’s required because I otherwise could not detect the release of the ctrl key (=end of the switching action) on special pages.
– If you release the ctrl key to fast while the temporary tab is loaded I am unable to detect the key-up event, therefore the menu gets stuck. Please hit the ctrl key again to finish switching.
– Recent tab order is not preserved when closing and restoring a window.

– ‘Access your data on all websites’: required to draw the tab list on top of the websites’ content and to detect PDFs and XMLs.
– ‘Access your tabs and browsing activity’: required to record tab order, open the temporary tab and to switch to the selected tab.

– 0.6
— tab titles on the switcher popup are now clickable to directly jump to a tab
— no more need to reload the tabs after initial install
— added xml viewer support (menu is shown on temporary tab)

– 0.5
— added frameset support (menu is shown on temporary tab)

– 0.4.2
— added support for ftp and file:// pages
— added incognito support

– 0.3.1
— corrected tab order for tabs opened in the background
— refined stylesheet

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