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I have a habit of hitting windows+E to open explorer, and sometimes I accidentally hit Ctrl+Q which closes the browser.

Now, a lot of responses I've seen to this kind of question (warn before closing multiple tabs, etc.) are things like "why don't you just re-open the browser?"

Which is ok if I were just reading an article, but what if I were in the middle of uploading a file, or streaming a video, or I need to re-authenticate? Especially if you're doing some online shopping with a huge queue behind you and if you accidentally kicked yourself off you'll have to wait another 4 hours to get back in again.

I've read a couple responses from chrome developers saying that the decision was made to avoid "annoying users with unnecessary questions that would take away from their browsing experience" or something, but that's pretty questionable.

I'm also not too fond of using extensions since the permissions that are granted are quite scary (access to ALL surfing, all data on all websites, browsing history, etc).

Is there a solution other than installing an extension? I could write my own extension if necessary (or if there's an open-source extension that I could look at before installing).

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You are correct that for Chrome this is the reason. I am personally on that side and if I close something, I expect it to close unless there is unsaved work which is what Chrome tries to do. When a download is in progress, you will get a dialog asking for confirmation. If you were just in the middle the article, then you don't really lose anything and the consensus at the time I was on the Chrome team was that you just had to restart the browser and that was fast enough not to be an issue at least in most cases.

Guess you could write an extension or maybe start a never ending download :)

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Or use another variant of Chromium... –  AthomSfere Mar 1 '14 at 18:48

There is a very popular program for windows named "Autohotkey" . With this you can remap the Ctrl-Q shortcut so as not to close your tabs.

Here is some reference

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