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Turn off the tabs in Google Chrome

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Msg#: 3791776 posted 2:10 am on Nov 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

There has got to be a way to turn off "the tabs".

Tabbed browsing may or may not be all of the rage, but there are those of us that find them (the tabs) to be rather annoying.

Tabbed browsing, drop downs in the address bar and other such bells and whistles don't do much to impress I'm afraid.

Yahoo and Youtube lose me because of their forever second guessing by way of the search bar drop down. I know where I'm going and just exactly how to get there.

IEX and FF have ways to turn off the tabs and address bar drop downs, but so far, Chrome does not.

*Note to Google;

If you plan to ever compete in any of the so called "browser wars", you'll have to do a bit better at allowing us to turn some of the more annoying aspects of your new browser off.



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Msg#: 3791776 posted 3:15 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

How do you 'turn off' the TABs in IEx and FF?

As far as I can tell, in order to open multiple pages within the browser, you need to have TABs (in both IEx and FF) - you can only 'hide' the TABs if you only have 1 page open? Or you have multiple windows (which you can also do with Chrome)?

In Chrome, there is no title bar - the TAB effectively serves this purpose.

How would you prefer multiple web pages (by 1 browser) be handled? Do you currently open multiple windows/instances? Do you only view 1 page at once?


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Msg#: 3791776 posted 8:01 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

How would you prefer multiple web pages (by 1 browser) be handled? Do you currently open multiple windows/instances?

Your taskbar already does the job of tabs. By using tabs, you are, in effect, already using different or otherwise separate windows. Closing a tab, is much the same as closing a window.
Believe it or not, I've known those who would swear by tabs, running both at the same time.
The taskbar serves up all of the *tabs I need.

Do you only view 1 page at once?

You can only read one page at once.

Besides, all the tabs accomplish is the ability to close all windows at once. A simple rewrite in nearly any browser can accomplish the same thing. We're working on this in Firefox incidently, by way of a fourth button on the extreme top right; minimize/restore down/close/close-all. (a very simple, non-cluttering button)

Tabbed browsing is just one of the latest in a series of gripes of mine when it comes to browsers.

And, I am well aware that not all would wish to remove them.
Still, I find it amusing at times to hear about browser footprints, and slothfulness from some of those who would readily extoll the virtues of all of the unecessary add-ons and garbage that comes with browsers these days.

In Firefox, simply click on *tools, and select the *tabs option in the prompt.
You have a choice in either selecting new pages opened in a new tab, or a new window.

In IEX, click on *tools, and select *internet options. Then, you'll find the tabs settings button (lower right) .. click on it and *deselect the box that enables tabbed browsing. You must reboot in order for the changes to take effect.

In Chrome, all one gets is an *Ufdah-Duhut with regard to turning off the tabs.

The internet is cluttered enough these days, what with things like drop down menus covering up content, search boxes that try to second guess your every move, and tabs that try to do the very same things that your taskbar already does and it goes forever on and on. Why have tabs when you've got a taskbar? Redundancy like this just doesn't seem to play well.

Wheely-Dealy's never do much to impress. And I don't like the fact that these organisations, in my view, are attempting to impress me with shiny objects, or beads, if you will, because I somehow might not know better.

There are those of us online that would prefer to "not" use these buit-in crutches. There are way too many built-in what-nots in the browsers these days, each scrambling to serve up as much useless garbage as it can, hoping to catch the eye of the one who surfs.

I'm a server side type who feels that server side apps should remain "server side". If I want weather or news, I go to the server, and I don't need an app on my desktop or in my browser to "assist". Bookmarks have served their useful purpose for years, so who needs a toolbar?.

If tabs are just all of the rage, then so be it. Fads being what they are, people will weary of them and move on to something else.

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