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Google Is Bringing Back Chrome’s Close Other Tabs Option

By November 13, 2019May 9th, 2022Technology News

Not long ago, Google decided to remove the “Close Other Tabs” option from the right click context menu of their browser.

While its removal didn’t exactly cause an uproar among Chrome’s massive user base, the move was greeted with confusion and resignation.

It was after all a good, handy feature.

If you’ve been missing it, then you’ll be pleased to know that as of the release of Chrome 78, the feature is being returned.  Google didn’t explain why they decided to remove the feature in the first place, and they’ve offered no explanation as to why they suddenly decided to reinstate it. If you’re a power user in the habit of keeping dozens,or more tabs open, it’s good news indeed.

Unfortunately, three other menu options were removed at the same time that “Close Other Tabs” was removed: “New Tab”, “Reopen Closed Tab”, and “Bookmark All Tabs”.  Sadly, there’s no evidence that either of these are coming back.

Granted, these things can be accomplished via other means. However, having them on the shortcut menu made their operation fast, simple and convenient.  Even though the other three apparently aren’t coming back, we’re thrilled to hear that at least one of them will.

Even without the rest, Google’s recent tweaks and changes to Chrome have all been exceptional. They should especially be proud of their password checkup extension and their eventual plans to roll that functionality into the browser itself.  It’s easy to see why Chrome is still the browser of choice for a solid majority of users.

Say what you want about giant tech companies, but Google has a demonstrated track record to enhancing user experience and increasing the digital safety of everyone who uses their products.  Kudos to them for bringing a well-liked feature back.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.