Chrome Most Recently Used Order Tab with CTRL+TAB for Windows
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chrome_mru is a small (<50kb) Windows standalone application that runs in the trailbar.

Its goal is to enable you to use CTRL+TAB in Google Chrome with the Most Recently Used (MRU) Tab behavior (and not the default next/previous tab).

After 270 comments of upseted people, we still not be able to use CTRL+TAB in Google Chrome with the Most Recently Used order.

It was the only reason I never moved to Chrome but since I was fed up to wait, I developed this small program to be able to do what I want. Of course it's not user friendly, not easy to install, but it does what I want. So if, like me, you are fed up to wait, use it, fork it and share it!


  • Download the Windows binary (or recompile it with Visual Studio C++ Express 2008)
  • There's no install, it's just a standalone program, put it somewhere (c:\bin) and double click on it
  • Install the Recent Tabs Google Chrome extension
  • Go to the Recent Tabs settings and set the Shortcut key to CLTR+~ (the key above the Tab key)

How it works

It's a very dumb program I coded in a few hours. It detects if the focused windows contains "Google Chrome" in the title and if yes, chrome_mru catch CTRL+TAB key before Google Chrome and instead generates a CTRL+~ key so it calls the Recent Tabs extension to switch in the MRU behavior.

It works fine for me but it really needs more iteration to be great. If some people find it useful, I'll spend more time on it. All contributions are welcome!


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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