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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
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
And I will probably be accidentally closing a lot more tabs... *sigh*
dblume
Sep. 28th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I, too. I know it's an intentional design, but I'd be so happy if they make that change a preference setting.
forestdweller
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm SURE I will be. *sigh* Ah well, time to retrain the pavlovian responses again.
dblume
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
!

Most excellent sir! Thank you for this knowledge transferrance!

*adds to habits*

*cheers quietly*
halophoenix
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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
Sep. 29th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
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
Sep. 29th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
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:

http://www.lifehacker.com/software/firefox-2/firefox-2-tip--disable-or-modify-tab-scrolling-208251.php

It's not perfect, or a restoration to the old behavior, but it's a step in the right direction.

dblume
Oct. 20th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
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.
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