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I'd like to make Chrome a bit smarter, or at least a bit more convenient, regarding the position of new tabs.

For a long time, the behavior of Chrome was ok, if not always ideal. When opening a page in a new tab starting from a tab T₀ (e.g. with a middle click on a link), the new tab would appear to the right of the last tab T₁ previously opened from T₀, or immediately to the right of T₀ itself if I hadn't opened a tab from T₀ yet. Closing T₁ or moving T₁ to another window would reset the new tab position to T₀, even though I would prefer to maintain the new tab position as the rightmost position in the tab tree from T₀. If I moved T₁ inside the same window and then opened a new tab T₂ from T₀, then T₂ would still end up to the right of T₁, which is again what I wanted.

Recently — I think since I upgraded from 41.x to 42.0.2311.90 (stable channel) — the behavior when opening tabs has changed. I haven't figured out how tab positioning works, but often (not always), the new tab ends up immediately to the right of T₀.

For example, when middle-clicking three links in T₀, I used to end up with

T₀ T₁ T₂ T₃

Now this sometimes happens, but often I end up with

T₀ T₃ T₂ T₁

How can I get the previous behavior back, or something close enough? In particular:

  • If I open several tabs from T₀, they should appear from left to right in the order of opening.
  • If I had two tabs T₀ T' and I open a tab from T₀, the new tab should appear to the left of T'.
  • If I close a tab and undo the closure (Ctrl+Shift+T), the new tab should appear in its previous position.

I suspect there's an extension that does what I want, but I can't find an obvious one.

  • Similar behavior described here... maybe it's the same bug... – don_crissti Apr 22 '15 at 0:38
  • @don_crissti Maybe, thanks, though I've also observed this with non-pinned T₀. – Gilles Apr 22 '15 at 0:52

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