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How to Close Browser Tabs With a Keyboard Shortcut

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You may quickly shut an open tab in your web browser with a close tab shortcut key. We’ll teach you how to utilize this with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.

Closed  an Open Chrome Tab With a Shortcut Key

To instantly shut an open Chrome tab on Windows, Chromebook, or Linux, use the Ctrl+W keyboard shortcut. This will terminate your tab immediately.

To shut an open tab in Chrome on a Mac, use the Command+W shortcut.

Note: If you mistakenly shut a tab, you may reopen it by hitting Ctrl+Shift+T (Windows) or Command+Shift+T (Mac).

To close an entire Chrome window, use Ctrl+Shift+W (Windows) or Command+Shift+W (Mac).

Close an Open Firefox Tab With a Shortcut Key

Close an open Firefox tab on a Linux or Windows PC by pressing Ctrl+W.

The keyboard shortcut for closing an open Firefox tab on a Mac is Command+W.

Ctrl+Shift+W (Windows) or Command+Shift+W (Mac) can be used to shut an entire Firefox window (Mac).

Note: If you accidentally shut a critical tab, there are several methods to reopen it in Firefox.

Related: How to Change Download Folder Location in Firefox

Close an Open Edge Tab With a Shortcut Key

Edge functions similarly to Chrome, so you can use Chrome’s shortcut to close tabs in Edge.

To shut an active Edge tab on your Windows or Linux PC, use the Ctrl+W keyboard shortcut.

You may close an open tab in Edge on Mac by hitting the Command+W shortcut.

To shut an Edge window completely, press Ctrl+Shift+W (Windows) or Command+Shift+W (Mac).

Close an Open Safari Tab With a Shortcut Key

Safari, like other browsers, allows you to close open tabs using a shortcut key. When you attach a real keyboard to your iPad, this shortcut works even in Safari.

To close an open tab in Safari, use the keyboard shortcut Command+W. Instead, hit Command+Shift+W to shut your Safari window.

And, if you happen to close an essential tab, you may recover closed Safari tabs in your browser.

Your browsing performance will skyrocket now that a keyboard shortcut for closing an active browser tab is available. Have fun browsing!


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