Starting in Chrome 69, the browser features significant changes to the user interface. These include a 'Material Design Refresh' theme with rounded tabs, the removal of the 'Secure' text badge for HTTPS web sites replaced by a Lock icon, and a reworked new tab page. There is a hidden feature in the browser that you can use to remove the close (x) buttons from inactive tabs. Here is how it can be done.
Using a flag, you can remove the Close (x) button from inactive tabs. This will give you more room for tab titles.
To remove the Close buttons from inactive tabs in Google Chrome, do the following.
- Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text into the address bar:
This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.
- Set the option named Close buttons on inactive tabs. Set it to Disabled using the drop down list next to the flag's name.
- Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.
- The close buttons will disappear from inactive tabs.
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