give me back my x!
November 1, 2006 9:12 PM   Subscribe

firefox question-before I updated to the newest version of firefox, I had an X button in the right hand corner of my tab bar that would allow me to click it and the open tab would close. With the update this x is gone and in its place i see a down arrow that lists all open tabs. I cant remember if that tab closer was an extension or not, but I'd really like it back. I open lots of tabs at once and like to be able to click through them rapidly. Help me get back my X! Thanks
posted by gilsonal to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Yeah, I hate the new tab system as well. Fortunately it's an easy fix.

In the address bar, type about:config

Then search for browser.tabs.closeButtons

Double-click on it. Enter "3" as the value.

Hey presto!
posted by Hildago at 9:14 PM on November 1, 2006 [3 favorites]

My new version still has the X-button.. but if you want a shortcut, clicking the tab with your scroll-wheel, if you're using a scroll-mouse, will also close it.
posted by Phire at 9:18 PM on November 1, 2006

>< sorry for doubleposting, i'd misunderstood. i meant that my tab still had the x the actual tab (beside the title). br>
(oh, the scroll-wheel-click will also open in new tabs)
posted by Phire at 9:20 PM on November 1, 2006

Response by poster: thanks Hidalgo! what a relief!
posted by gilsonal at 9:21 PM on November 1, 2006

Is it possible to remove the down arrow, too?
posted by martinrebas at 9:33 PM on November 1, 2006

great, that was pissing me off too. thanks.
posted by tabulem at 11:48 PM on November 1, 2006

Here is all you need on configuring
posted by A189Nut at 12:01 AM on November 2, 2006

[I liked the X button too, but then I was even happier when I discovered ctrl/cmd-W to close tabs. It's my new best friend.]
posted by rossination at 1:00 AM on November 2, 2006

Ohhhhhhh god, I love AskMe. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
posted by headspace at 5:14 AM on November 2, 2006

Another thanks! This was driving me insane.
posted by jmd82 at 5:52 AM on November 2, 2006

Hidalgo, I love you.
posted by jesirose at 6:34 AM on November 2, 2006

PS: For anyone who doesn't know, CTRL+Shift+T brings back closed tabs, and CTRL+Tab or CTRL+Shift+Tab cycles forwards and backwards.

Just a cool tip.
posted by jesirose at 6:35 AM on November 2, 2006

Even better than cmd/ctrl-W to close tabs? Middle-click on the tab (i.e. push down the scroll wheel, if you have one). That's why I set my browser.tabs.closeButtons to 2 instead.
posted by Xoder at 6:44 AM on November 2, 2006

Yeah, I installed 2.0, took a look around, discovered that my themes (common problem according to their forums) and some of my favorite extensions weren't working (eg. Tab Mix Plus... which I cannot browse without), and I promptly uninstalled and went back to
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 8:41 AM on November 2, 2006

Ctrl-F4 closes the current tab.

It has the additional advantage of not forcing you to take your fingers off the keys and mouse up to the X.
posted by KRS at 12:03 PM on November 2, 2006

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