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What is the Keyboard shortcut to go back to the previous tab (I mean most recent tab)?

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I normally work on Firefox with more tabs than one open. I want to switch between two open tabs frequently. Is there any shortcut to do so? eg. "Alt+Tab" to open most recent window on Windows OS.

I normally work on Firefox with more tabs than one open. I want to switch between two open tabs frequently. Is there any shortcut to do so? eg. "Alt+Tab" to open most recent window on Windows OS.

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That probably only works if you enable Control Tab Preview.

You can set the pref browser.ctrlTab.previews to true on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

  • Use the Filter bar at to top of the about:config page to locate a preference more easily.
  • Preferences that have been modified show as bold(user set).
  • Preferences can be reset to the default or changed via the right-click context menu.
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John99 971 solutions 13138 answers

There are quite a few Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly

Navigating Open Tabs
The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + # where a number is 1 to 8 work as intended and expected, and I often use them.

The Keyboard shortcuts The keyboard shortcuts list include Ctrl+ Arrow shortcuts but at least when I try those at the moment

  • only seems to work with Num Lock engaged and the number arrows
  • seems rather unpredictable where they actually direct to
  • The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Home / End for me work within the document instead as a Home/end - and not on tabs focus

Also

Note the location bar now highlights open tabs in its dropdown giving a switch to tab option,
and the Aurora channel Firefox 8 now has animated tab moving & tear off.

Navigating Closed Tabs
Use the History menu or the related shortcuts that has for instance Ctrl+Shift+Tab to open the previous tab you closed. (Menu shows Ctrl+Shift+T as does KB article)


It would be interesting to know if others can get the shortcuts working or not, and if you do have problems which OS & Firefox version & whether you have tried in Safe mode. It may be that the KB article needs reviewing.

There are quite a few [[keyboard shortcuts]] <u> Navigating Open Tabs</u> <br> The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + # where a number is 1 to 8 work as intended and expected, and I often use them. The Keyboard shortcuts The keyboard shortcuts list include Ctrl+ Arrow shortcuts but at least when I try those at the moment * only seems to work with Num Lock engaged and the number arrows * seems rather unpredictable where they actually direct to *The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Home / End for me work within the document instead as a Home/end - and not on tabs focus Also<br> * see also [[tabbed browsing]] * and [[what are tab groups?]] Note the location bar now highlights open tabs in its dropdown giving a switch to tab option, <br/>and the Aurora channel Firefox 8 now has animated tab moving & tear off. <u> Navigating Closed Tabs</u><br/> Use the History menu or the related shortcuts that has for instance Ctrl+Shift+'''Tab''' to open the previous tab you closed. (Menu shows Ctrl+Shift+T as does KB article) ------------ It would be interesting to know if others can get the shortcuts working or not, and if you do have problems which OS & Firefox version & whether you have tried in Safe mode. It may be that the KB article needs reviewing.
Hasan 469 solutions 5600 answers

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  • CTRL + Tab key -> for Switching to Next tab
  • CTRL + SHIFT + Tab key -> for Switching Back to Previous Tab

Check and tell if its working.

* '''CTRL + Tab key''' -> for Switching to Next tab * '''CTRL + SHIFT + Tab key''' -> for Switching Back to Previous Tab Check and tell if its working.

Question owner

Thanks for answering.

My question may not be clear enough for you to answer exactly.

I know that we can use "Ctrl+Tab" key combination to visit the open tabs in sequence and "Ctrl+#" (#-tab number)to visit a specified tab, but what I wanted to know is how to switch from the current tab to the last visited tab directly. eg. Suppose I visited tab 6 and then switched to tab 2 by a mouse click, then how to go back to tab 6 without scrolling through all the opened tabs(Ctrl+Tab) or remembering the tab numbers(Ctrl+#).

I hope you understand my question clearly now.

Thanks for answering. My question may not be clear enough for you to answer exactly. I know that we can use "Ctrl+Tab" key combination to visit the open tabs in sequence and "Ctrl+#" (#-tab number)to visit a specified tab, but what I wanted to know is how to switch from the current tab to the last visited tab directly. eg. Suppose I visited tab 6 and then switched to tab 2 by a mouse click, then how to go back to tab 6 without scrolling through all the opened tabs(Ctrl+Tab) or remembering the tab numbers(Ctrl+#). I hope you understand my question clearly now.
Hasan 469 solutions 5600 answers

Close the current tab, it will switch to your previously used tab :-P

Close the current tab, it will switch to your previously used tab :-P
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That probably only works if you enable Control Tab Preview.

You can set the pref browser.ctrlTab.previews to true on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

  • Use the Filter bar at to top of the about:config page to locate a preference more easily.
  • Preferences that have been modified show as bold(user set).
  • Preferences can be reset to the default or changed via the right-click context menu.
That probably only works if you enable Control Tab Preview. You can set the pref <b>browser.ctrlTab.previews</b> to <i>true</i> on the <b>about:config</b> page. To open the <i>about:config</i> page, type <b>about:config</b> in the location (address) bar and press the "<i>Enter</i>" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.<br /> If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.<br /> *Use the Filter bar at to top of the about:config page to locate a preference more easily. *Preferences that have been modified show as bold(user set). *Preferences can be reset to the default or changed via the right-click context menu.