I upgraded to Chrome Version 23.0.1271.64 and Command + w is now closing the active window instead of closing the active tab only. Is there a "hidden" shortcut for closing the active tab only?

  • Interesting. Command + W closes the active tab for me. Note that Shift + Command + W closes the active window. – bassplayer7 Nov 22 '12 at 3:29

Ok, I just needed to restart the computer. The keyboard mappings are now working as expected.

  • Really strange. I faced this issue and just did what you said. Works good again. – Sufian Oct 23 '14 at 10:16
  • Same issue here, same fix (OSX Yosemite, Chrome 38.0.2125.111). – Don McCurdy Oct 31 '14 at 17:05
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    ^ Same issue here with Chrome 38 on Yosemite. Weird. – spinningarrow Nov 17 '14 at 14:29
  • Same issue here with Chrome 38 on Yosemite too. And same fix... Really weird. – MaximeBernard Nov 18 '14 at 8:48
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    i have also seen this issue on both mavericks and yosemite. not consistently though, just every once in awhile it acts as though i hit cmd+shift+w instead of cmd+w, (i am certain i didn't, at least not all the times it has happened). – jay Dec 12 '14 at 17:46

I also see this occasionally. It seems more like a focus bug, though. It only happens after I've been tabbing between applications and I tab back to Chrome. For some reason, in these cases, Chrome hasn't given the active window focus and cmd+w closes the window instead of the tab.

  • I'm seeing this in Chrome 44; happens, only sometimes, when tabbing between full-screen apps on OS X. Definitely seems like a focus thing. – mhulse Aug 27 '15 at 16:51
  • Adding to this: when my window looses focus after tabbing back, I can scroll and keyboard events are sent to the window (but behave oddly), i.e., I hit the spacebar to scroll down on a page and it scrolls as far down as it can, like the keypress event is getting continually triggered. – Adam Israel Sep 3 '15 at 13:31

Just tried with the same version and Command+W closes just the active tab. Maybe you installed something the re-mapped the keyboard shortcuts (such as an extension)?

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    -1: just speculation; doesn't attempt to answer the question – Blacklight Shining Nov 22 '12 at 0:50
  • Cant understand the down vote, how do you answser this in another way? – Ricardo Gomes Nov 23 '12 at 9:17
  • This…isn't really an answer. Things like these should (as far as I'm concerned) usually be posted as comments (like this one). The question itself is rather hard to answer; though if you knew of “a "hidden" shortcut for closing the active tab only”, you could post that as an answer. – Blacklight Shining Nov 23 '12 at 16:34

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