Switch to last opened tab in Editor

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Joseph Cullen
Joseph Cullen on 21 Dec 2015
Answered: Odd Trandem on 2 Nov 2022
I need a quick way to switch between two opened tabs in Editor that are not next to each other. I need a keyboard shortcut that will switch back to the last file I was editing.
I often have many .m files open as tabs. I usually I am actively editing two or three of these files and occasionally editing the rest of them. In particular, I am often switching frequently between two files. This behavior is the default for app switching on Mac/Windows and within other apps such as Textmate. The only keyboard shortcuts for tab switching are to move up/down the list of files (ctrl-pgup/pgdwn). This is clunky. Any suggestions?

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Odd Trandem
Odd Trandem on 3 Oct 2019
Edited: Odd Trandem on 3 Oct 2019
This shortcut is available in nearly all other IDEs and text editors, and is strongly missed in the Matlab editor.

Matthew on 5 Sep 2018
This functionality needs to exist. Most Python IDE's have this capability. It is a great hindrance to efficiency.

Renato Agurto
Renato Agurto on 21 Dec 2015
I don't know if its possible. If your MATLAB version allows it, you can move the tabs and place them next to each other and thenuse ctrl+pguo/pgdown
Or you can use View-> tiles -> Left/right and you can split the editor in 2 and see 2 files at the same time
Renato Agurto
Renato Agurto on 21 Dec 2015
Sorry, but according to "MATLAB Keyboard Shortcuts Preferences" there isn't any ahorcut to switch tabs, other than what you already mentioned

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CdC on 10 Apr 2020
This needs to be added, as in other IDEs. cmd-E please!

Jason Doyle
Jason Doyle on 9 Mar 2022
Yes, this is really annoying.
Matlab - make ctrl-tab switch between buffers. The current near-worthless functionality of ctrl-tab only makes me upset.
And why can't you support column editing?
And no tab completion functionality?
This is the only thing I want in your next release. Stop working on new toolboxes until you can provide a full-featured editor.
Jason Doyle
Jason Doyle on 9 Mar 2022
Edited: Jason Doyle on 10 Mar 2022
Ah, so there is something useful added since 2016. I see my 2021a live editor has these capabilites, but you don't get that feature in the normal editor until 2021b. I am so accustomed to there being nothing of value to me in new releases. Sorry matlab, you do care, eventually. Thanks for the info, Walter.

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Odd Trandem
Odd Trandem on 2 Nov 2022
I have downloded rel 2022b today. Still no ctrl-tab select last used editor tab functionality. :(


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