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FireFox 2: close boxes

I'm a little sad that the close box has moved to each tab in FireFox 2.  This is consistent with Internet Explorer 7, and that's a good thing, but still, I just don't like seeing that real-estate taken up by all those close boxes.
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 zannah on Sep 28th 2006 at 7:57 PM
And I will probably be accidentally closing a lot more tabs... *sigh*

 dblume on Sep 28th 2006 at 8:30 PM
I, too. I know it's an intentional design, but I'd be so happy if they make that change a preference setting.

 forestdweller on Sep 28th 2006 at 9:13 PM
I'm SURE I will be. *sigh* Ah well, time to retrain the pavlovian responses again.

 dblume on Sep 28th 2006 at 9:17 PM
Start now! Prefer Ctrl+W (or Command-W) to close the tab and don't use the mouse at all. That way, Fitts' Law won't bite you.

 forestdweller on Sep 28th 2006 at 9:19 PM
! Most excellent sir! Thank you for this knowledge transferrance! *adds to habits* *cheers quietly*

 halophoenix on Sep 28th 2006 at 10:11 PM
I'm with you on this one. People apparently have been clamoring for this, but I never saw what the problem was with ctrl+w/cmd+w was, since I used that to close tabs anyway (and kept the "warn before closing multiple tabs" open all the time. I agree, just more real estate taken up by individual tabs. Who knows, maybe someone out there will hear our cries and create an extension or a XUL hack that'll remove it?

 sjonsvenson on Sep 29th 2006 at 8:40 PM
The advantage is that you can close tabs without bringing them to the front or popping up dialogs. Handy when you have something un-werk-safe open in the background and your boss keeps hanging around. ^_^'

 dblume on Sep 29th 2006 at 9:28 PM
Funny, that's the only advantage I could think of, too. Do you think that that's the primary reason? It says something about us...

 halophoenix on Oct 20th 2006 at 1:22 PM
New comment! Old post! Update! Looks like we're not alone- some other folks out there dislike the new tab behavior as well, and have started dismantling it: It's not perfect, or a restoration to the old behavior, but it's a step in the right direction.

 dblume on Oct 20th 2006 at 5:13 PM
Ooh! And the little picture had only one close box, directly on the active tab (as opposed to the pictures I originally linked at flickr). I can live with that.