Tab width expansion upon last tab closure - by Snowknight26

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  Won't Fix<br /><br />
		Due to several factors the product team decided to focus its efforts on other items.<br /><br />
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ID 770979 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 1
Opened 11/13/2012 5:21:34 PM
Access Restriction Public


With multiple tabs open, if you close the last tab, the previous tabs expand to the width of the previously open number of tabs.

Examples when done with the middle mouse button to close a tab:

5 tabs open:
4 tabs open:
3 tabs open:
2 tabs open:
1 tab open:

After moving the mouse away from being on top of the location of the first tab that was closed, the width of the remaining tabs reset: 
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Posted by CAZ92 on 3/3/2014 at 9:10 PM
Please do fix this! I completely agree this feature can be good for some but very annoying for me. I always find myself closing IE completely and closing the one page I did not want to close, having to go through a whole process of getting back to whatever it may be. A disable feature would be great or maybe even not having the last tab expand just stay in place.
Posted by guest322 on 12/10/2013 at 12:47 PM
Features like this should at least have a user option to disable them. I find myself constantly closing IE by mistake by accidently closing the last tab due to this so called "feature". If you check the internet there are lots of people asking how to disable closing IE when the last tab is closed. My guess is they are experiencing the same issue and not noticing the width expansion. It's so irritating I've started using other browsers.
Posted by Microsoft on 11/19/2012 at 2:12 PM
Thank you for your feedback.

Your input is very important to us, and it helps us improve the quality of Internet Explorer. However, we are unable to address your feedback during this release.

We continue to welcome user input, so please don't hesitate to report other ways that we can improve Internet Explorer.

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Posted by Maximilian Haru Raditya on 11/18/2012 at 11:45 PM
And I think it's efficient as well, considering you don't have to move the mouse while closing multiple consecutive tabs.
So for me, it's convenient and efficient as well.

That said, I feel the animation used is visually less appealing to me compared to Google Chrome. I think IE vNext should use better animation, something that is more visually better and fluid (Windows 8's UI theme...). Or simply just adapt the animation used by Google Chrome.
Posted by Snowknight26 on 11/14/2012 at 4:29 PM
It can be convenient but the behavior is not what I'd call efficient, hence why I reported it (as a bug rather than a suggestion). Chrome does perfectly in my opinion.
Posted by Maximilian Haru Raditya on 11/14/2012 at 4:20 PM
I think this is a feature, instead of a bug. And it's very convenient for me.
Posted by Nacimota on 11/14/2012 at 7:07 AM
I can reproduce this. I actually suspect that it's not a bug but an intended feature with the idea in mind that you don't need to move the mouse to close multiple consecutive tabs. If this is the case, I don't think it's a good design direction. It's kind of jarring watching the delay before the tabs shrink when one is closed; they should simply disappear as they do in IE9, Firefox and Chrome.