Click Anywhere on the Page to Close a Firefox Tab
Article by George Norman
On 17 Jun 2013
Here’s a Firefox add-on that makes it easier to close tabs. Instead of clicking the X button or using a hotkey, you can click anywhere on the screen and the tab will close.

The “Double Click Closes Tab” add-on lets you specify what happens when you click on a tab or when you click anywhere within the Firefox window. The add-on’s default settings are as follows:
  • When you double click a tab, it will be closed.
  • When you triple click anywhere on the screen (within the Firefox window), the tab will be closed.
Do note that these are the default settings – they can be changed. Just go to the Add-ons Manager and access the Options for the “Double Click Closes Tab” add-on. Here are few screenshots so you know what to expect.


Double Click Closes Tab – Options

Double Click Closes Tab – When clicking inside pages

Double Click Closes Tab – When clicking on tabs

For less experienced Firefox users, I feel obligated to explain how things work with the browser, by default. There are three means of closing a tab in Firefox. Two by using the mouse and one by using the keyboard:
  1. Click the X button on the right hand corner on the tab.
  2. Middle click or scroll click the tab.
  3. Use the Ctrl + F4 keyboard shortcut.
If you don’t want to use the keyboard shortcut and if you don’t want to place the mouse over the tab, then “Double Click Closes Tab” brings much needed functionality. By double/triple clicking anywhere on the screen, you can easily close the tab – no key pressing, no moving the mouse to the top of the screen.

“Double Click Closes Tab” is available for free on Mozilla’s Add-ons site here.

And the latest Firefox version for Windows is available right here on FindMySoft.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, add-on, Double Click Closes Tab
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