5 Mar
2013
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Safari Mountain Lion OSX – Move Close Tab Button to Right Side of Tab

Mountain Lion OSX Safari - Close Tab ButtonI recently upgraded my home computer to Mountain Lion OSX and am loving it, but there is one thing that has been really frustrating to me.  In the new Safari web browser, they moved the “close tab” X button from the right side of the tab to the left.  On all previous versions of Safari it had been on the right side.  Also, on pretty much all the other web browsers; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc., the close tab button is on the right side.

So now when I am using my new computer at home, I always look to the right side of the tab for the close tab button.  Takes me a second or two longer to figure out where it has moved to, which is not that big of a deal, but it is really annoying.  My work computer uses Firefox, so all day, 5 days a week, for 8 hours a day I am conditioned to see the close tab button the right.  Then when I get home and its on the left it really frustrates me.

I have been trying to look for a way to switch the side of the tab that the close box is on, but have had no luck.  I think it is really dumb that Apple just decided to switch that after years of having it on the right side.  I hope their only reasoning wasn’t strictly just to be different and change things up.

Mountain Lion Safari - Close Tab Button
(Above is a sample of what most web browsers look like with the “Close Tab” button on the right side of the tab)

If anyone has come across a way to move the close tab buttons from the left side to the right side in OSX Mountain Lion, please post a comment below.  If it doesn’t look like there is a solution to this, I will definitely be using Firefox or Chrome at home from now on.

Funny how such a simple thing like this can discourage users and potentially loose clients.  Sometimes change just isn’t needed.

So, what do you think?