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This feature is also requested a lot of times from our users. And I totally agree with the last comment..
Also like it works right now, that it depends on the order on the overview page, makes no sense if e.g. the layout with three columns is used, as there normally the most important apps for the users are placed on the first space of each column, but the sorting in the menu takes all apps from the first column and then the second column and so on. So the 2nd important app is coming way behind in the menu bar then.
In version 6.5 the first tabs are always Overview - Recent Updates - Status Updates - Members and the other apps. The other apps are sorted as they appear in the overview page from top left to bottom right. You can move them by putting them into a different spot in the overview page.
In v7 the first tab will be highlights. The others will stay as described above.
currently the owners can control the order in which tabs appear by changing the order of how the apps are visible on the overview tab. However, certain tabs (Status updates & Recent Updates) can't be moved or removed. I would certainly like to be able to move or remove these as they are hardly used in most communities. When highlights becomes the new norm from 7 onwards this will be even more important as removing the overview page (which is in the plans as I gather?) might mean losing control completely