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How can I force new Chrome tabs to the end of the list?

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When I launch new browser tabs from links on other pages, I want the new tabs to appear at the end, not right after the current tab. Chrome (desktop) doesn't have a setting for this (or at least not one I've been able to find), so I use the "New Tabs at End" extension.

Google has recently revoked approval of this extension (I don't know why, beyond the vague "violates our terms" message). They haven't force-uninstalled it, like they have done at times in the past when an extension was considered dangerous, just disabled it. I can enable it again and restore the behavior.

The problem is that every time I restart the browser, it reverts to being disabled again and I have to remember to re-enable it (usually right after I've opened a tab that doesn't show up in the right place). For my work laptop, this means I have this hassle every day.

How can I force new Chrome tabs to the end with minimum effort? I'd be happy with any of:

  • a Chrome setting for tab placement (no extensions needed)
  • a replacement extension
  • a way to auto-enable this one on launch (but I don't want to auto-enable all installed extensions)

In case it matters, I'm having this problem on Mac 10.12.6 (Sierra) and Windows 10.

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That extension is hobbled, but @Moshi linked to a different one, Tab Position Customizer - Modified in a comment, and this option has been working fine for me for more than a week. The extension allows you to customize a few things:

  • Tab opening position: always last (this is the one I want), always first, left of current tab, right of current tab, Chrome default

  • Active tab after closing: first, last, left, right, order, default (I don't know what "order" means and haven't experimented)

  • New tab: not activated (background), activated (foreground), Chrome default

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