Bug 177500 (CloseButtonOnTabs)

Each tab should have its own close button

RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 308396

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Firefox
Toolbars and Customization
RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 308396
15 years ago
11 years ago

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(Reporter: lev, Assigned: David Hyatt)

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Description

15 years ago
You can currently close individual tabs. But there is only one "X" button, in
the upper-right corner, completely disjoint from the tabs that you have open -
especially if you only have two or three. Not only do you have to move the mouse
all the way to the right to close a tab, but you have to focus it first. This is
very un-intuitive.

Every tab should have a right-aligned "X" button on it, that will close the tab
without bringing it to the foreground. The button should somehow react on
mouseover to indicate it's clickable.

Comment 1

15 years ago
This is not a bug. There's an extension called Tabbed Browsing Extensions that
does exactly what you want:

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/phoenix/extensions/index.html
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 2

15 years ago
Mass-verifying INVAs.
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED

Comment 3

14 years ago
Taking QA Contact
QA Contact: asa → bugzilla

Comment 4

14 years ago
*** Bug 220493 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 5

14 years ago
*** Bug 220493 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 6

14 years ago
*** Bug 227115 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 7

14 years ago
*** Bug 230713 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 8

14 years ago
*** Bug 233196 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 9

14 years ago
*** Bug 234303 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 10

14 years ago
*** Bug 239542 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 11

13 years ago
*** Bug 253576 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 254444 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 13

13 years ago
Can't this bug be opened as a request for enhancement? I see that I together
with quite some other people would like to have this

Comment 14

13 years ago
Here here!  It really can enhance the usability of the browser.  We're talking
about a basic but great bang for the buck improvement.

Comment 15

13 years ago
No, this is WONTFIX because the owner decided it was not a good idea. Use/write
an extension if you want different behavior.

Comment 16

13 years ago
(In reply to comment #15)
> No, this is WONTFIX because the owner decided it was not a good idea.

Do you mind asking me, why???

Comment 17

13 years ago
It's a poor response to tell users: 
"go find an extension".

Peruse 200+ extensions, all well-named so as 
to indicate their function/feature list, just to 
get basic functionality found in Safari
and other browsers?  Okay.
  
Why not just roll this feature
into the current product?  From the 
number of duplicate reports, it's obviously 
a popular *request for enhancement*!

Comment 18

13 years ago
*** Bug 271705 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 19

13 years ago
Safari and Opera 7.6 have a close button on each tab, something that I find very
useful. The only reason that I can read in this bug for not having it in
Firefox, is because it exists in an extension (comment 2)?

Comment 20

13 years ago
Doh, i meant comment 1

Comment 21

13 years ago
A quote from bug 269701 comment #1:

 Close tab buttons on each button are largely a waste of space, and reduce the
 amount of title length supported in a limited screen area.  They also create a
 "danger" area that the user has to consciously avoid in order to switch tabs,
 thereby impeding rapid movement.  (Think of it as a corollary to Fitts' Law.) 
 Not going to happen.
*** Bug 272946 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 23

13 years ago
(In reply to comment #21)
> A quote from bug 269701 comment #1:
> 
>  Close tab buttons on each button are largely a waste of space, and reduce the
>  amount of title length supported in a limited screen area.  They also create a
>  "danger" area that the user has to consciously avoid in order to switch tabs,
>  thereby impeding rapid movement.  (Think of it as a corollary to Fitts' Law.) 
>  Not going to happen.

I personally never had a problem that I accidently closed a tab in apps like
gedit or epiphany.
I'm pretty sure if you would run a poll where people can choose between with and
without a close button and overwhelming majority would choose having a close button.

Comment 24

13 years ago
>  Close tab buttons on each button are largely a waste of space, and reduce the
>  amount of title length supported in a limited screen area.  They also create a
>  "danger" area that the user has to consciously avoid in order to switch tabs,
>  thereby impeding rapid movement.  (Think of it as a corollary to Fitts' Law.) 
>  Not going to happen.

That is for the cost of having to move much further to close the tab or use
multiple clicks .. i think it should be up to the user to judge his preference,
so it should be configurable.
And regarding it being avaiable in extension .. that would be valid, but
my experience with tabbrowser is that it makes popup opening and window
closing much slower thus i opted against it ..

Comment 25

13 years ago
*** Bug 275863 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Alias: CloseButtonOnTabs

Comment 26

13 years ago
*** Bug 282228 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 27

13 years ago
I find it *far* more mistake-prone to depend on which tab
currently has the focus.

I have accidentally closed more tabs using Firefox than I
have with Safari, eMule, and all over apps that use the
proposed enhancement combined.

Comment 28

13 years ago
I don't understand how building in support for RSS is considered vital for the
core Firefox product versus just having someone install the optional extension;
I use my own RSS browser anyway.  By that same reasoning, I don't see why a
simple change can't be made to make closing tabs more intuitive/usable.

Comment 29

13 years ago
For all those people wanting a close button on every tab
Install "Tab X Enh"
See http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?showtopic=116
The install link of the enhanced version you'll find in the quote box
*** Bug 311916 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 31

12 years ago
(In reply to comment #21)
> A quote from bug 269701 comment #1:
> 
>  Close tab buttons on each button are largely a waste of space, and reduce the
>  amount of title length supported in a limited screen area.  They also create a
>  "danger" area that the user has to consciously avoid in order to switch tabs,
>  thereby impeding rapid movement.  (Think of it as a corollary to Fitts' Law.) 
>  Not going to happen.

I've been a heavy, heavy tab user for 2 years using the Multizilla extension for
Mozilla suite.  I often have 5-10 tabs open.  I love Multizilla's close button
on each tab and use them all the time, and I've rarely accidentally closed the
wrong tab.  To address this concern, though -- even if you don't add the close
button per tab -- I'd suggest you adopt Multizilla's clever solution: a "restore
closed tab" menu item for the tab bar.  It allows you to restore those
accidentally closed tabs; this kicks ass, believe me. 

Re: the scarce real estate in tabs, you could steal Multizilla's clever
solution: it dynamically shows the close button on top of the little website
icon, so doesn't consume any more real estate.  Clever, and works great.

Try Multizilla in Moz Suite for a day, you'll be a believer.  FWIW, the lack of
Mulitizilla availability for Firefox is the sole reason I've stuck w/ Moz Suite
for so long.  I'm considering finally switching now that Firefox finally offers
tab moving, but as is obvious by now I'd be even happier if Firefox were to
support the close tab buttons per tab.

Comment 32

12 years ago
http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/009210.html

1. Put close buttons on the tabs. This makes it a lot easier to close tabs with the mouse. People weren't seeing the close box in the usability test. It's also out of the way and not connected with what's actually being closed. Mindful of stealing space from the tab strip when there are many tabs, the close boxes on inactive tabs are hidden when the tab width falls below a certain minimum value. 

Why was this invalid in the 1st place? It's an enhancement request...

And the suggestions of extensions...the less the better(they're too buggy)

Comment 33

12 years ago
Sorry to add to this spam, but I can't resist --

The philosophy of "put it in an extension" only goes so far.  Why did Firefox include an RSS reader?  Now _that_ should be an extension.  Putting a little 'x' on each tab is not only intuitive, it's practically expected due to its common use in OS UI.  Give me a break.

Comment 34

12 years ago
Re-opening, if this wont happen, then it should at least be wontfix and not invalid (see comment 1)
Status: VERIFIED → UNCONFIRMED
Resolution: INVALID → ---

Comment 35

12 years ago
Ben Goodger already implemented this and at Google research shows that people prefer this. So this could get in pretty soon :-)

See http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/009210.html

Comment 36

12 years ago
I propose (if this this will be really implemented which seems likely) this new behavior to be only optional so that user can get rid of those new closing buttons and have only one (as it is now). For me, current behavior is much more convenient.

Comment 37

12 years ago
Confirming bug to put it back on the radar of the devs. This simple (and possibly preset-configurable) feature will be embraced by many users if embedded.

Suggest to set a target milestone or blocking-flag to make a commitment!
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
See bug 308396

Comment 39

12 years ago

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 308396 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago12 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE

Updated

11 years ago
QA Contact: bugzilla → toolbars
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