Switch Through Firefox Tabs in the Order You Use Them

When writing blogs or researching for something we have to open multiple tabs and usually use only two or three of them at a single time. But to switch to the tab you are interested in and to switch back to the blog tab, you have to either click on the tabs using your mouse or if you prefer the keyboard’s Ctrl+Tab hotkey then you have to cycle through all the open tabs to reach the one you want. Fortunately, Firefox has taken care of this problem and has provided a nice little feature that enables you to cycle through the tabs in the same order you have recently used them. This makes it so much convenient to go back and forth to the same tabs that you are interested in and leave the rest alone instead of going through all of tabs over and over again.

Here is how you can very easily enable this feature:

  1. Type in the Firefox address bar about:preferences and press Enter. Alternatively, you can also click on the menu icon in the top-right corner (looks like three layer hamburger) and select Options from there. Both methods will lead you to the same screen.
  2. Select the General category in the preferences if it is not already selected.
  3. Scroll down and select the checkbox labeled Ctrl+Tab cycles through tabs in recently used order.Firefox Cycle Tabs in Recently Used Order
  4. That’s it, now you will be able to use the Ctrl+Tab hotkey and you will be taken to the tabs in the order you have used them, not the order in which they appear.

This feature is specially useful if you are working with two or more websites or researching some topic and want to go back and forth to the same few groups of tabs instead of switching to all the dozens of tabs opened in Firefox.