New Chrome Feature Prevents Those Didn’t-Mean-To-Quit Blues

Chrome's quit reminder

We’ve all done it. Half-way through a marathon browsing session, with 15 tabs open in this window and another 24 open in the window behind, and you tap Command+Q when you intended to just close one tab with Command+W.

Pow! Your browser quits and you have to wait for it to restart and re-load all those tabs again. So. Annoying.

The latest version of Google Chrome has a new feature to prevent this. If you type the Command+Q command, it flashes up a little alert.

Refreshingly, it doesn’t say “Are you sure you want to quit?” Instead, it just says that if you really want to quit, you need to hold down on Command+Q for a few seconds. This is great, because if quitting the application was your intention to start with, you don’t need to let go and try again. But if you want to keep browsing, all you have to do to prevent the quit is take your fingers off the keyboard.

To activate this new feature, go to the Chrome menu and select “Warn before quitting”.

  • Munas

    hm … I use Safari the most and did absolutely opposite as I get annoyed when I need to restart my Mac and all the application close silently except Safari, that popups with a question do I want to close the tabs….
    It is good to know that this feature is configurable.

  • Hampus

    Funny, Firefox remove their warning and chrome add it in :p

  • Elliot George

    It’s called Safari, and ‘reopen all windows from last session’. Surely that’s a better solution.

  • davester13

    Chrome has this as well.

    It just sucks when I load up 30 or 40 tabs, then accidentally hit cmd-Q which closes everything and I have to wait for everything to load up again.

    This solution works quite well for me.

  • Behind7proxies

    You obviously didn’t read the article properly & just tried to use it as an attempt to glorify Apple by running-down all other software manufacturers…

    FAIL.

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