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Use a free plug-in to add 'close on middle click' to Safari Web Browsers
Firefox has a neat feature for people with multi-button mice: clicking a tab with the middle button will close that tab. Safari doesn't have this feature, but using SIMBL and this free plug-in I wrote, you can have it. I've tested this on Safari 3.1 on Leopard, and Safari 3.0 on Tiger, and it works in both OSes and Safari versions.

It's released under the GPL, so you can download and view the source if you wish.
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Use a free plug-in to add 'close on middle click' to Safari
Authored by: diamondsw on Apr 15, '08 07:56:04AM

I'm sure some will appreciate it, but by and large Input Managers = Bad. Every time there is a Safari, WebKit, or OS update there's a slew of reports of crashes and other bad behavior that is traced back to input managers or "haxies". They're the INITs of OS X.



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Use a free plug-in to add 'close on middle click' to Safari
Authored by: diamondsw on Apr 15, '08 02:34:41PM
Even more evidence of why Input Managers are a Bad Thing:
http://groups.google.com/group/growldiscuss/msg/a741b6a430b299b7


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Input Managers are hacks
Authored by: duchovka on Apr 15, '08 08:56:59AM
I just want to second the other commenter and point out that Input Managers are NOT Plugins, they are hacks. You can read details here: http://www.macjournals.com/news/inputmanagerhacks.html.

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Input Managers are hacks
Authored by: leamanc on Apr 16, '08 07:46:54PM

And to add to all of this, for me, they most always never work. SIMBL or Input Managers just fail to do anything at all.

I recently un-installed Logitech Control Center, which apparently causes a lot of problems with extension/plug-in-type applications, so they might work for me now.

But Firefox Beta 5 rocks so hard (with nearly all my favorite extensions now working) that I doubt I'm going to switch to Safari anytime soon, negating the need for any of these hacks.



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Use a free plug-in to add 'close on middle click' to Safari
Authored by: ghay on Apr 16, '08 12:15:09AM

Isn't this the same functionality as left-clicking the close button of the tab?



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About time!
Authored by: designbot on Apr 16, '08 08:09:50AM

Oh, this is a godsend! I was growing so frustrated with only having the option of clicking the tab close button, or right-clicking and choosing "Close Tab," or pressing command-W, to close my Safari tabs.

Finally, there's an unsupported hack which provides me with a fourth tab-closing method in Safari! And all I have to do is give up the use of my middle button for any other services, like Exposť, Dashboard, or Spaces!

Hallelujah, saints be praised!



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Use a free plug-in to add 'close on middle click' to Safari
Authored by: yang on Apr 16, '08 02:56:43PM

Personally, I much prefer using mouse gestures, but kudos for the effort and I hope someone finds it helpful. :)



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Use a free plug-in to add 'close on middle click' to Safari
Authored by: zpjet on Apr 17, '08 05:13:11AM

i think i would rather assign my middle button to close any window than to go SIMBL. ew.



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