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Do you want to close all tabs?
This is driving me %^&54674 crazy!

 3:53 pm on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Since "upgrading" to IE7 a year or more ago I have still not got out of the single window habit and when closing a web page down (slow learner). I automatically go for the top RH corner to click the close button. I cannot get out of the habit of this but what really drives me crazy is the unintuitive way that IE7 deals with this.

If I click the top RH button then it goes without saying that I want to close the active window. In IE7, if I have two or more tabs open, I get the "Do you want to close all tabs?" message. I then click "No" and IE7 does nothing.

I then have to go to appropriate tab and close it. Why the H does it not close down the active window automatically?

How many others suffer from this afflicition?



 4:24 pm on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

If you feel like switching FF can be configured to do what you are saying. In fact that is how I have it set up, because I too want the close button in one place.


 7:48 am on Apr 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

It irritated me too, here's what I did

Tools-> Internet Options -> tabs (settings)

Take the tick out of "warn me when closing multiple tabs"

Now it just closes the whole shebang


 8:15 am on Apr 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ah yes, but there are times when I don't want to close everything. Perhaps I'll do as you suggest and this may force me into learning not to use the old method.


 4:19 pm on Apr 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Try building a new habit: CTRL-W closes the current tab only in both IE and FireFox.

A note from the "glass-half-full" side: there are times when I attempt to minimize the browser and accidentally hit the X instead of the minimize icon, and am thankful it doesn't close all of the 10 or 20 working tabs I have open.

Another plus with FireFox in respect to tabs: if you have to reboot, leave the browser open and just reboot, allowing the system to close it down. Next time you launch, FF will restore the session, opening all your last windows for you including any low-level logins requiring a cookie. Awesome time saver.


 7:55 pm on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

I feel your pain. It took me a long time to get used to tabbed browsing, now I prefer it.

I still get that message about once or twice a day. It does not bother me as much, and its helpful most of the time.


 8:47 pm on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Out of the box, FF isn't much better, but there are a pile of options and extensions you can use to change behavior.

One of the nice things about using extensions, is it helps re-enforce a new habit. At least for me, when I install an extension to alter a function of the browser behavior, it automatically creates a "habit" in the way I browse. By consciously choosing and installing an extension, it plants the seed in my brain that I need to change the way I work in the browser.

But, I'm weird that way. YMMV


 10:37 pm on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Are we all not in our "prime" :)

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