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Is there any way to make Chrome not display an X button for each tab?

I have two reasons for this:

  1. When I have many tabs open, the X buttons take a lot of screen real estate and make the tab titles shorter.
  2. Sometimes I try to move to a different tab and accidentally close it because I push the X button by mistake. (Again, dense tabs.)

Since I almost always use Ctrl + w to close tabs, I don't really need the close button.

Is there any way to make it go away?

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Frigging unbelievable that Google won't implement a pref to get rid of those cretinous X buttons on every tab, especially considering the importance they seem to ascribe to tabbed browsing. This causes a lot of accidental closing of tabs for me, and makes me more likely to use Firefox for my everyday browsing. – Jez Sep 14 '12 at 10:45
Exactly the same situation here, except that I use Ctrl+F4 to close a tab... – Domi Jun 3 '14 at 9:39
middle mouse button will close tab too ;) – THESorcerer Aug 24 '15 at 10:40

at least I can not see the 'x' when i opened 20 tabs, except for active tab... but that said: no, there is no way of hiding the 'x' except grabbing chromium and changing the source code yourself.

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Below a certain threshold the X button does disappear, but that threshold is too low for me. – Ram Rachum Oct 14 '10 at 13:04
Are you intimately familiar with the Chromium project and sure that there is no way? – Ram Rachum Oct 14 '10 at 13:05
I'm going to agree with Akira here. I am not intimately familar with Chromium Project, but I have used Chrome since it came out. It and Firefox don't allow you to remove the close tab button (x). – steve.lippert Oct 14 '10 at 19:35
Firefox does, since 2006. – Mladen Jablanović Feb 20 '13 at 7:37

I think Pin Tab can fit your need.When right clicking a tab,choose Pin Tab, the close button has been disappeared and you can close the tab via Ctrl+W.

I do not know whether there is a plugin to remove the close button or not.

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A possible work around is to add the extension Sexy Undo Tabs so, when you do commit a natural and human error which happens all too often for me, it's easy to recover from. Until the Chromium developers see the light and allow what at least 170 folks want (according to the summarily closed Bug Request which you can star to increase the head count of folks asking for it), it may be your least worst option.

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