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Michael_Buchner
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In Firefox you can switch between two recently used tabs by pressing CTRL-TAB. Would be great to have this feature in Edge Chromium! Currently, CTRL-TAB switches between all open tabs.

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Hi @Michael_Buchner, we are investigating ways to make Tab switching hotkeys more usable.  Would you expect that CTRL+Shift only ever switch between the last two tabs?  If more how many?  What scenarios do you have that necessitate the rapid swapping of tabs?  This information will help us better understand the underlying jobs to be done, and help us craft better solutions.  Thanks - Elliot

Hi @Elliot Kirk, Firefox switches between last two tabs, so I personally would prefer to have the same feature in Edge Chromium as well. You wrote CTRL+Shift - why not making it configurable to have this feature either on CTRL+Shift or CTRL+Tab? Thanks Michael


Would you expect that CTRL+Shift only ever switch between the last two tabs?  If more how many?

@Elliot Kirk: For reference, Firefox lets you switch between the six latest tabs, in MRU (most recently used) order.

In Opera, on the other hand, you can switch between all you open tabs in MRU order.

Ideally I would like to see no limit (like Opera) but I you are going to cap it, I would say four is the absolute minimum.

 

It's this lack of functionality in Chrome that has prevented me, and many with me, from using Chrome as my main browser ever since it was released. It is frequently described by non-Chrome users as being a blocker for switching. This feature has been requested for Chrome/Chromium for over a decade by hundreds of users, but Google simply refuses to implement it. As mentioned many times in the linked thread, it's a basic usability feature that even IE11 had (available as an option in the settings). It's akin to Alt+Tab for programs: you expect that feature across all OSs. Not including it would be a regression.

 


@Elliot Kirk wrote:

What scenarios do you have that necessitate the rapid swapping of tabs?


I use it constantly: when I compare info in two (or more) tabs by quickly switching back and forth; when I quickly want return to my previous tab without closing the current tab I'm viewing, etc...

 

If you were to implement this I would make Edge my main browser, and you can be sure that you would gain many of the users that have refused to switch to Chrome so far because of this. You would have a significant feature over Chrome, and gain a lot a goodwill with many disgruntled non-Chrome users, and that can only be a good thing :smile:

I don't really think there is a need to make it configurable, as anything other than Ctrl+Tab would be non-standard; one reason for adding this feature is, besides from being extremely useful (I'd go so far and call it "necessary"), is the standard behavior of specifically Ctrl+Tab in other browsers.

@alhpaYou're absolutely right! I would also really love to switch over from FF to Edge Chromium but, as you wrote, this is one of my must-haves.

@alhpa Chrome and Opera has Ctrl-Tab (and Ctrl-Shft-Tab for reverse) showing all tabs in thumbnails (Chrome) or list with url-icon (Opera). Works just like alt-tab for switching between windows, tap tab key once switches back and forth, hold ctrl and tap tab key walks through.

I use this very frequently going back and forth between two web pages, or between three pages, email-wiki, email-projectMgmt, email-calendar etc.

It is a must have, I would switch to edge right away, uses less CPU and memory than all other browsers (so far). Thanks Mattias

@mattjan, We are not discussing the general ability to switch tabs with ctrl+tab in this thread, but rather MRU order of tab switching, which Chrome certainly does NOT have. Let's stay on topic.

Please read the links I posted above.

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