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If you're really annoyed by Chromium's placement of the tab close widget on the right side of the tab (as opposed to the left, as in Safari), here's a workaround, gleaned from the linked discussion...

In that discussion, user thakis posted a number of alternative placement thoughts, along with a patch that puts both the close icon and fav icon to the left of the tab name. User drew.ramos then applied that patch to a couple of Chromium builds:
  • Build 43024, which looks like the current Chrome for Mac beta, omnibox-wise.
  • Build 46672, which is fairly close to the latest development build.
[crarko adds: As Chrome/Chromium progresses, these builds (obviously) will become less current. You could follow the linked conversation, though, to spot newer builds with the close tab button on the left of the tab.]
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Use a Chromium build with left-positioned tab close buttons
Authored by: leamanc on May 12, '10 11:26:23AM

I guess this is great, for whoever might want it, but I'd say you'd have to be a serious pedant to care where the close-button for a tab is. I use Firefox most of the time, and it's on the right. It's a *little* jarring to use Safari and find it on the left, but I can deal with it. It takes about 2 seconds to adjust.

Is this really a big deal for people out there? Like I said, I'm glad this is there for you if it is, but I'd be interested to see how many people really are bothered by this.



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Use a Chromium build with left-positioned tab close buttons
Authored by: brh on May 12, '10 01:55:43PM
It is a big deal to some of us. I think that because most Mac devs adhere to the nice standards that Apple has laid out for us, we are accustomed to such adherence. We take pride in such adherence, we take pride in our applications behaving as they should, and having a clean, consistent UI. I don't think the same can be said of Windows and desktop Linux users (not a dig at anyone, it just doesn't seem like the communities create that sort of atmosphere). Occasionally, programs like Chrom(e/ium) are worth putting up with some UI garbage, but anything that brings it closer to unification gets an A+ in my book.

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Use a Chromium build with left-positioned tab close buttons
Authored by: tersono on May 13, '10 02:37:25AM

I also use firefox a lot of the time, but in my case the close widget is on the left as I'm using one of the Grapple themes, which makes FF behave rather more like Safari. As the previous poster stated, consistency is important - and it's one of the reasons I don't use Chrome.



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Use a Chromium build with left-positioned tab close buttons
Authored by: lar3ry on May 13, '10 05:23:12AM

The placement of the tab close button in Firefox can be modified simply by applying an appropriate theme. For example, the GrApple Yummy theme puts the tab close button on the left.

That's one of the nice things about themes--people can modify the user interface to cater to these nitpicky things.



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