Every new link you open with CTRL + mouseclick opens a new tab on the right.

However, there are certain situations where it is helpful to open a new tab to the left.

Is there any shortcut to achieve this? Something like CTRL + SHIFT + mouseclick would be handy.

If not, is there any workaround (like a plugin or an Autohotkey script)?

I think it's not built-in so I tag the question with "autohotkey" as well.


On Windows there is no shortcut to move tabs left or right, so you can use an extension like rearrange-tabs to set the shortcut for moving current tab to the right (Alt-Shift-Right) and then use Autohotkey script to combine into one action:

#If winActive("ahk_exe chrome.exe") 
    send ^{lbutton}
    send !+{right}

It basically binds Ctrl-Shift-click to do Ctrl-click then Alt-Shift-Right to move the tab one position to the right.

  • Wow, amazing! This exactly solves the question. Great extension for other purposes too. 👍 – Avatar Jun 17 '20 at 12:11
  • If you want to have the focus on the newly opened tab (on the left), you have to use: ^+lbutton:: send ^{lbutton} send ^{tab} send !+{left} return – Avatar Jun 17 '20 at 12:46
  • After trying it a while, I saw that we need to wait some milliseconds before executing the tab switch. This is my recent script that works so far: ^+lbutton:: send ^{lbutton} Sleep, 150 send !+{right} Sleep, 150 send ^+{tab} return – Avatar Jun 18 '20 at 11:08

There is an extension for that. It is called TabPlus It lets you specify where you want your new tabs to open. The behavior will be persistent though. I don't think you can quickly switch between two methods using a hotkey.

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There is also Tab Position Customizer 2 extension which does the same:

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  • Thanks for pointing out the extensions. However, the left-tab-opening should only happen with a certain shortcut, not persistently. – Avatar Jun 17 '20 at 10:22

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