Google Is Bringing Back Close Other Tabs

November 13th, 2019
Google Is Bringing Back Close Other Tabs

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 came with confusion and resignation.
It was, after all, a useful, handy feature.

Google plans to bring the feature back after the release of Chrome 78. Google didn't explain why they decided to remove the feature in the first place, and they've not clarified 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.

Unfortunately, Google removed three other menu options at the same time as "Close Other Tabs": "New Tab," "Reopen Closed Tab," and "Bookmark All Tabs." Sadly, there's no evidence that either of these is coming back.

Accomplishing these things via other means is a possibility. The menu option on the shortcut menu made operation fast, simple, and convenient. 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 plans to roll that functionality into the browser itself. It's easy to see why Chrome is still the browser of choice for a substantial 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.

You may download Google's "Close Other Tabs," here.

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