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6/8/09
Original Poster
Ankaerith

Option to remove close tab button

It would be nice to have an option to remove/hide the close tab X that appears on each tab. When you have a lot of tabs open it ends up filling nearly the entire tab button. This makes it extremely easy to accidentally close a tab.
 
After you use the Ctrl-W to close a tab, the close tab button appears on every tab. At this point, when clicking on a new tab there is an extremely high chance you will hit the close button accidentally.
 
I'm running Chrome for windows 2.0.172.30
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All Replies (101)
bbw
6/8/09
bbw
In the dev version, when you have a lot of tabs open, the X only appears on the current tab.

zoerb
8/11/09
zoerb
I agree that there should be an option to remove the tab close button like there is with Firefox. Granted, the x's do disappear when there are many tabs open, but even when you have fewer open, the tabs are small enough that it's easy to click the x when you instead want to switch to that tab. I never use the x anyway because I always close tabs by middle-clicking on them, which is much easier as it presents a larger click target. It would be great for me and anyone else who closes tabs by middle-clicking if we could have the option to completely disable the x's so that left-clicking always switches tabs and middle-clicking always closes tabs.
Craig from Epsom
9/1/09
Craig from Epsom
I agree there should be an option to disable the x's for closing tabs. I find it very irritating when a tab is closed when I am trying to select it.
shivy
9/14/09
shivy
I would also like to see an option to remove the X button. Gets really annoying when I accidentally close a tab instead of switching to it.
ZesPak
9/15/09
ZesPak
well I also do this accidentally, google remember closed tabs, so I don't really care to much...
rabidx
10/20/09
rabidx
option to remove the x would be good :)
the mouse middle button works fine for closing tabs
tintin42
11/16/09
tintin42
Agreed, this would be removing a nuiscence where I have to retreive closed tabs by ctrl-shift-t several times on a daily basis
bucky3
11/16/09
bucky3
I like Firefox's about:config that I could change it to display only 1 "X" on the right side. That "X" would close the current tab only.
 
An "X" on every tab is excessive. You can always use middle mouse click to close a tab.
Kazabet
12/22/09
Kazabet
@bucky3 Agreed! For the life of me I cannot figure out why Firefox changed the default behaviour to have a separate close button for every tab. It clutters the menu and makes accidental closings much more common. 1 close button is more than enough. An option to disable that too and stick with middle clicking would be even better!
bucky3
12/22/09
bucky3
@Kazabet: Google's usability studies showed that basic users got confused when there's only 1 X for multiple tabs. They actually mentioned this in a previous Chrome blog. So Google decided to go with the 1 X. So did Firefox, but at least Firefox allows customization for advanced users.
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Jason Tankard
10/21/13
Jason Tankard
I'd rather a better, more permanent option too
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