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Status: WontFix
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Closed: Jan 2011
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Type: Feature

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Issue 50913: Option to disable tab close buttons

Reported by, Aug 2 2010

Issue description

Chrome Version       : 5.0.375.55 (Official Build 47796)

Sometimes when lots of tabs opened, I accidentally press tab close "X" button instead of switching to this tab.
What is the expected result?

There is an option to disable tab close buttons, so user makes use of  middle click to close tab and left click to switch.

Comment 1 by, Aug 3 2010

Labels: -Type-Bug -Area-Undefined Type-Feature Area-UI Feature-TabStrip

Comment 2 by, Jan 31 2011

Labels: OS-All Feature-Preferences UI-Needed
Status: Untriaged

Comment 3 by, Jan 31 2011

Labels: -UI-Needed
Status: WontFix
We're not going to add a preference for this.

Comment 4 by, Feb 5 2011

>We're not going to add a preference for this.

Rationale? Firefox has this.

Comment 5 by, May 10 2011

 Issue 82087  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 6 by, Jul 10 2011

There needs to be an option for this so when tabs are really small, you don't have a 50% chance of hitting the close button by accident.

Comment 7 by Deleted ...@, Jul 11 2011

Why nofix? Chrome is perfect browser but these little usage issues ruin it :((

Comment 8 by Deleted ...@, Jul 12 2011

kinda sucks - please reconsider, middle-click works a charm - Ctrl+W as well, would rather use the tab real estate for favicon and sitename than grey'd out X's

Comment 9 Deleted

Comment 10 by Deleted ...@, Jul 16 2011

that's way I have still used FireFox .. I want to use chrome but if this stupid missing features be added.

Comment 11 by, Jul 18 2011

Please reconsider. If not an easy/obvious setting either within "Options" or the tab bar context menu, perhaps something in about:flags? As noted in Comment #8 by Blyzz, mouse middle-click or Ctrl-w work quite well (particularly for those of us who like keyboard shortcuts/commands). And when using Side Tabs the tab-close "x" needlessly takes up real estate.

Comment 12 by, Jul 25 2011

Please reconsider.  I'm new to using chrome as my primary browser and I encounter this issue multiple times each day.   Closing a tab should not be something that can accidentally happen when the user is trying to change a tab.

Comment 13 by, Jul 27 2011

Please reconsider. The middle mouse button is sufficient for a lot of users. I often accidently click the "X" on a tab but whenever I want to close a tab I'll simply use the middle mouse button.

Comment 14 by Deleted ...@, Jul 28 2011

Angry mob time. But seriously, please add this feature.

Comment 15 by, Aug 1 2011

Middle button and keyboard shortcuts are sufficient for me and a lot of users. Please add this feature.

Comment 16 by, Aug 1 2011


"We're not going to add a preference for this."

That sounds a lot bossy and absolutist, doesn't it?

I see a lot of people asking for this feature. If you don't want to add such thing to the settings UI, you could, at least, provide a way to set this feature through a .json file or through an "Other settings" ('about:config'?) panel.

Comment 17 by, Aug 5 2011

I have an additional rationale for providing this option: If you have too many tabs open, the close tab button takes precedence over the throbber, so you can't tell if the tab is loading or not. I don't need a close tab button, so I'd prefer to get rid of it, but I'd be happy if for narrow tabs the throbber was still visible on the active tab.

Comment 18 by, Aug 26 2011

I've discovered a workaround for this problem: simply have so many tabs open at all times that you cannot see anything but the favicon.  Then, only the active tab will have the X.

Comment 19 by, Aug 31 2011

Another vote to reconsider.  This happens to me on a daily basis...

Comment 20 by, Sep 12 2011

how goes with the optional elimination of tab-close-buttons ?
Google, please add !!

Comment 21 by, Sep 12 2011

How about at least making it possible for an extension to be able to provide this?  If I could set "display: none" on the tab-close buttons from an extension, I'd be a happy camper.

Comment 22 by, Sep 13 2011

This is my #1 annoyance with Chrome. As a power-user, I'm disappointed that such simple UI customizations are not possible without forking the project!

Comment 23 Deleted

Comment 24 by Deleted ...@, Sep 14 2011

Yes, this annoys me every time I use Chrome. We need this option.

Comment 25 by, Sep 17 2011

Another vote to add.

Comment 26 by Deleted ...@, Sep 17 2011

If you don't want to add a regular option for disabling the close button on inactive tabs please, please consider adding at least a hidden setting.

Most power users never (intentionally) use the close tab button. For us, it only takes away valuable space from the tab title and produces a groan of frustration every hour or two when we accidentally close a tab we didn't mean to close.

Comment 27 by, Sep 20 2011

I encounter this frustration daily.  And I have in muscle memory now, "create new tab, find the list of recently closed tabs, click the most recent one" which tells you how often I have to do it.

An option, even if (and preferably) located in about:config, would be really valuable.

Comment 28 by, Sep 20 2011

@27: [Ctrl]-[Shift]-[T]

Comment 29 Deleted

Comment 30 by, Sep 20 2011

I also found a recommendation to Pin tabs you don't want to close.  That helps a little.

Comment 31 by, Sep 27 2011

Please reconsider. I also think that "We're not going to add a preference for this." sounds just like the software culture we chrome users wanted to avoid on the first place. I, at least, hate when the software maker thinks he know what users really need or want. And yes, I think power users do tend to use the middle click and not the annoying close button.

Comment 32 by, Sep 27 2011

Labels: Restrict-AddIssueComment-Commit

Comment 33 by, Nov 6 2011

 Issue 103165  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 34 by, Sep 12 2012

 Issue 148531  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 35 by, Oct 17 2012

Labels: -Feature-Preferences Feature-Settings MovedToSettings

Comment 36 by, Mar 11 2013

Project Member
Labels: -Area-UI -Feature-TabStrip -Feature-Settings Cr-UI-Settings Cr-UI-Browser-TabStrip Cr-UI

Comment 37 by, Feb 18 2016

 Issue 413388  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 38 by, Sep 20

 Issue 887022  has been merged into this issue.

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