A person watching over my shoulder asked “How are you switching around so fast?” and I realized that while most readers here know this trick, some may not, and it’s awfully useful.
In Chrome and Firefox on OS X, command-1 takes you to your leftmost tab, command-2 to the next one over, and so on. (Except for, command-9 selects the rightmost; huh?) Also, in both Chrome and Firefox, you can right-click on a tab and “pin” it; which shrinks it down to just the favicon, and locks it in place.
So the trick is, put the same heavily-used tabs in the same place, and leave them there forever. In my logged-into-the-Googleplex browser (Chrome Canary), it’s like this:
In my general-purpose non-work browser (Production Chrome):
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In my Firefox personal-Gmail Textuality.com appliance:
Safari? · I migrated off Safari a couple of releases ago when got all sluggish under pressure. They say it’s better now and I wouldn’t mind using it for some stuff; does it have an instant-navigation trick like this?