At some point in Firefox's version history, switching tabs with ctrl+tab (right) and ctrl+shift+tab (left) got replaced by bringing up a selection of windows that the user can switch through, akin to Windows task switching with alt+tab.

How can I revert to the old style of switching tabs?

  • ? I have never seen a tab switcher like that. The selected answer also does not address the written question at all. – Daniel B May 6 at 13:05
  • @DanielB: It does, as Firefox has one option for both features – activating "recently used order" also activates a visual tab switcher. This option was recently enabled by default for new profiles. – grawity May 6 at 13:28
  • @grawity Ah I see. My Firefox profiles are all years old. – Daniel B May 6 at 13:53

You can find and disable this option through PreferencesGeneralTabs:

[✔] Ctrl+Tab cycles through tabs in recently used order

Alternatively, you can set the following option in about:config:

browser.ctrlTab.recentlyUsedOrder from true to false

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