Maybe it's just me but it really annoys me that files are opened in the tab bar in Visual Studio by default to the left. I naturally tend to think from left to right as that is the way I read.

In order to change this behavior so that the tabs open to the right of any currently open tabs, go to the Tools drop down menu in Visual Studio and configure as follows:

  • Tools -> Options
  • Environment -> Documents
  • Check the "Insert documents to the right of existing tabs" checkbox

Problem solved :-)


Visual Studio Tab Options

Comments (6) -

Ubikuity France
1/17/2012 7:09:42 AM #

Nice tip! I also prefer left to right order (like broswer tabs).

I'm looking for the same tip for SQL Server Management Studio but I didn't find yet:

koorlie Vietnam
2/29/2012 9:20:59 AM #

Opening tabs to the left, to me is a very destructive thing that can be done to a real programmer.

It moves things around.

One cannot keep a reference file at a fixed position such that he can get back to it often and quickly. IT JUMPS BACK AND FORTH!!!

It's a pathetic distraction from the programming thoughts, by having to keep going back up to the tab bar to hunt for the tab you needs. You have to focus real hard to be sure you click on the right tab each time.

Forgive my strong feeling about this thing, but #$%@#$%@#%%^& to the one who designed the left opening tabs, and then forced it to be so (as in SQL SMMS) without the choice of being configurable.

Amgad United States
4/29/2012 3:56:11 AM #

@koorlie, my feelings exactly.

Love the new look of CodersBarn by the way.

Tim United States
8/27/2012 1:51:05 PM #

Great tip!  The opening to the left order was driving me (more) batty!   Thanks.

anon United States
11/22/2012 9:40:38 AM #

awesome! thanks

Miki Algeria
3/7/2013 1:24:18 AM #

It's very annoying! Thanks for the tip ;)

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