This guide is intended for one of two things, being that you could use this tutorial to move or remove some or all of the close buttons on the tabs for personal purposes or you could use this guide to commit to the same deed in a more “sinister” way by moving or removing a few or all of a friend or workmate’s tab close buttons. By removing the close buttons on all of the tabs you could open anything and the victim of the practical joke would not be able to close anything, thus providing an opportunity for humour. Read on to find out more.


Of course everybody loves a good practical joke, also people like their lives to be as convenient as possible. So in theory it was only a matter of time before a guide like this hit the internet. Well here it is, brought to you by myself with intent to being both convenience as well as a window for humour.


The first thing you are going to have to do is open your Firefox browser. Once you have opened your browser then you need to enter the following, without the quotation marks into the address bar “about:config” then hit enter. Once you have done this you will be faced with a page showing configurations and values but we only need one so what we will do is type into the “Filter” bar at the top of the page the following, without the quotation marks “browser.tabs.closeButtons” and hit enter.


Now you will have a page with one value in it, this is the value that we want to edit in order for us to customize our close buttons found on each of the tabs that we open during a browsing session.


To begin the modification you will need to right-click the value and select “Modify” from the shell menu that appears. This will bring up a dialogue box which you will enter one of the following number codes into.


Note: The default code is “1”

  • 0 = Display a close button on the active tab only
  • 1 = Display close buttons on all tabs
  • 2 = Do not display any close buttons
  • 3 = Display one single close button at the end of the tab strip

Now you are finished.


Enjoy a better browser experience by adding, removing or changing your browser for added browsing convenience and a better overall appearance for those Firefox users out there that find the multiple close tabs an eyesore!