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I'm used to this way from firefox, and it is incredebly annoying. Is there a way to disable that behaviour in Chrome as well (when one tab is open, and you click C-w, it will close the browser as well) ?

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It sort of bugged me the first time, until I started it up again, and it took all of 1 second to start. The browser starts to fast anyway it doesn't matter. – Daniel Huckstep Sep 22 '09 at 15:43
I know. But I'm a man of habits in regard to browser behaviour, so it annoys me to no end. – Rook Sep 22 '09 at 16:08
Isn't that now the same behaviour in Firefox? – random Sep 22 '09 at 16:11
@e_ho - Yes, but in firefox it can be changed. – Rook Sep 22 '09 at 16:34
@e_no - and in some older versions it used to be the default, so ... – Rook Sep 22 '09 at 16:34
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I get this a lot as well, but I fear that it's working "as intended".

From Google Chrome Help:

Closing the last tab in a window also automatically closes the window.

The comment in the question made me try something:

if you have multiple windows of Chrome open and you accidently kill one of them with your Ctrl+W-ing, you can restore the window by hitting Ctrl+Shift+T.

I haven't been able to test if this also works if you close all windows and have to launch Chrome again

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There is a Chrome extension that can help with this problem.

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A simple solution that I stumbled on was to "pin" one of my tabs (usually Gmail, but why not SuperUser?) which leaves it permanently as the leftmost tab, and without a close tab button. It's essentially the manual version of @wasia 's suggestion.

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Except in cases where the user uses CTRL-w to close tabs, it's closed all the same. – CSkau Sep 30 '10 at 10:54
+1 : I don't usually use ctrl+w so this was a decent answer without having to install an extra extension. Thanks! – Ash Clarke Nov 5 '12 at 21:30

You could also switch to ChromePlus where it's a built-in feature: closing the last tab will switch to new tab; only then can you close the browser. ChromePlus supports all GoogleChrome's extensions. (nearly all?) [- including the one linked above !!! I just tried the redundant extension...]

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