Shouldn't closing a tab leave you back on your "last active tab"?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Seth in NY, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Seth in NY

    Seth in NY Guest

    When multiple tabs are open (let's say tabs 1, 2, and 3), if I am on tab 1
    and open a new tab from there (e.g. tab 1 is Google, and I open a link from
    Google as a new 4 is now displaying results from my Google search),
    the new tab opens as tab 4 (now 1, 2, 3, and 4 are open). When I am done
    using tab 4, I close it (now only tabs 1, 2, and 3 are open again). Now I am
    on tab 3 (which, in theory, has nothing to do with the Google search I was
    doing on tabs 1 and 4)...

    Shouldn't I be on tab 1 again?

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    Seth in NY, Mar 7, 2006
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  2. Seth in NY

    Will Guest

    Thats odd I dont have that problem and it always goes back to the previous
    tab. I'm opening the add an option to control this behavior. I pefer to
    always go back to the last tab to the right instead of the previous tab. So
    heres to hoping that add an option to allow users to control the behavior.
    Will, Mar 7, 2006
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  3. Seth in NY

    Cameron Guest

    I am seeing this same thing. It would be great if this was an option. When
    I close a tab, it would make more sense to be returned to the tab I was on
    previously, than the tab next to the one that was closed.
    Cameron, Apr 25, 2006
  4. Seth in NY

    Dr.D Guest

    It's hard to believe that anyone thinks that this behavior is desireable.
    Why, after opening a link in an email letter in a webmail client (e.g. Gmail)
    would you want to return to anything but the email client after you've looked
    at and closed the link? Mozilla browsers have always behaved as you would
    expect them to, i.e. returned to the original tab after closing a link in a
    new tab. Opera does, as well. What's with IE7? Is there someone in Redmond
    that can explain why this should be considered a feature?
    Dr.D, Apr 22, 2008
  5. Seth in NY

    Cameron Guest


    I think they have finally fixed this issue. If you go to Tools>Options and
    then click on the 'Advanced Tab'

    Under the 'Browsing' section, look for the option called:
    'Use most recent order when switching tabs with Ctrl+Tab'
    and make sure there is a check in that box.

    That should fix your issue.
    Cameron, Apr 22, 2008
  6. Seth in NY

    Dr.D Guest


    Amazing! Someone can probably explain the logic of placing this under
    "Advanced" and not in the "Tab Settings" section of Internet Tools. They
    could probably also explain why one anyone would think of changing the
    settings for the behavior of Control-Tab in order to elicit this desired
    behavior. They might even be able to explain why this wasn't the default
    setting to begin with since, as noted above by me and previously by others,
    who would want to be taken to a different tab in the first place. No matter
    -- I'm grateful for your spot on instructions. I actually had considered
    reverting to Firefox!
    Dr.D, Apr 22, 2008
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