Add shortcut key to toggle between last two tabs viewed

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by JeffC, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. JeffC

    JeffC Guest

    Dear Microsoft IE8 Development Team:

    Please consider adding the ability to toggle back and forth between the last
    two tabs that were viewed (i.e. brought to the front), in a manner that is
    analogous to the use of Alt-Tab to toggle back and forth between the last two
    programs viewed.

    This is a procedure that I use ALL THE TIME! I frequently have many more
    than two tabs open, yet want to go back and forth to compare information
    between two particular tabs. I can use my mouse, but if the tabs are widely
    separated on the screen, the procedure is not fast. And you have to lose
    focus to guide the mouse when you want to maintain focus on the two screens
    to compare if there are any differences, and this really slows you down.

    To be useful, the shortcut keys should be easy for the left hand alone to
    operate. Here are several suggestions:
    1. Ctrl-` (Control key, and the left inward single-quote key) toggle between
    last two tabs viewed.
    2. Or, provide an option in Internet Explorer 8, in Tools–Internet Options,
    on the General tab page, in the Tabs section, in the Tabbed Browsing Settings
    window, add a new option checkbox:
    a. Control-Tab shortcut key has this action:
    ( ) <the current action>
    (x) Toggles between the last two tabs viewed.

    Thanks you for considering this suggestion.
    Yours truly,
    --
    Jeff Cohen

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    JeffC, Jul 9, 2009
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  2. CTRL+TAB and/or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jul 9, 2009
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  3. JeffC

    JeffC Guest

    Dear PA Bear:

    Thank you for your quick reply. However, I was aware of the two shortcut
    keys that you listed. They do not operate as I described. They move you
    sequentially through all of the open tab windows, either in a "right-ward"
    (Ctrl-Tab) or "left-ward" (Ctrl-Shit-Tab) direction, one tab at a time,
    starting from the current active tab. If you have 8 tabs open, there is no
    way to toggle between tabs 3 and 6, for example.
     
    JeffC, Jul 13, 2009
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  4. Yes they do, provided you have set the right option.
    Hint: it is NOT where you might think it would be.


    If 3 and 6 were associated in terms of use that is possible.
     
    Robert Aldwinckle, Jul 16, 2009
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