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Currently when a new link is opened, the new tab is opened next to the current tab.

What I need is that it should appear next to the last tab instead, as seen in the snapshot below (position #2 is what I want, rather than #1).

How can I get that in Google Chrome?

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When I open a new tab in Chrome it appears at position #2. I am using Chrome Version 32. – Devid Dec 27 '13 at 11:12
@Devid Chrome uses some heuristics to determine where it should open - sometimes it opens right next to the current tab, sometimes at the end – Sathya Dec 27 '13 at 11:13
@Sathya Not exactly. The only two possible target position are "to the right of the current tab" and "to the right of the last opened tab". The former condition is true if you open multiple links into new tabs in a row. A tab is (by default) never opened on the far right, unless it happens to follow from one of the two other rules. – nitro2k01 Dec 27 '13 at 11:31
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TabsPlus gives you the option to select where you want a new tab to open - selecting "last" will result in the behaviour you want.

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Awesome. Thank you! – Nam G VU Jan 2 '14 at 6:40

I use Tab Position Customizer 2 for this. When you bring up the options for this extension, the first set of options, titled "Tab Opening Position" allows you to set where new tabs open.

I've tried TabsPlus, which is recommended by the currently accepted answer but found that it does not work with multiple windows.

I've checked Tab Position Options, which was recommended by another answer but I did not like the fact that it required the ability to read and change data on the pages I visit in addition to requiring the ability to read browsing history. Tab Position Customizer 2 only needs the ability to read browsing history (same as TabsPlus).

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(TabsPlus is not working sometimes)

Try Tab Position Options

Tab Position Options empowers the user to select the tab order. It is possible to select the tab opening position, the new tab behavior and the behavior after closing a tab in the Chrome browser.

Available options

  • Activate Tab After Tab Closing
  • New Tab background
  • Open pop-up window as new tab
  • External Links in New Tab
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Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link, as the answer can become invalid if the linked page changes or the target site is unreachable/permanently offline. – DavidPostill Nov 7 '14 at 6:49

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