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Suggestion: close a browser popup tab when pressing back button

asked 2014-01-01 18:29:15 +0200

ziller gravatar image

When a popup has been opened in a new tab, it should be possible to close it and return to the previous tab simply by clicking the back button.

For websites that have a lot of external links opening in new tabs it's currently quite cumbersome to navigate back and forth between the website you're reading and the popups it's opening. It requires you to scroll up (to see the navigation), click on the tabs button, scroll to the bottom of the tab list, close the tab, find the tab you came from and click on it.

Simply navigating backwards in the already opened tab and automatically closing it when the bottom of the previous page stack is reached would be considerably easier.

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this was implemented in but it seems it got reverted. Is this intentional or a regression?

qwazix ( 2014-04-21 12:15:50 +0200 )edit

I think they should remove the Favorite-button and switch it for a "Close tab"-button. I mean, I close tabs a lot more often than I favorite a page.

fill ( 2015-01-24 10:09:31 +0200 )edit

@fill, that's what you get for using the browser in portrait :) The close button is present in landscape and I prefer it where it is.

pichlo ( 2015-01-24 10:38:36 +0200 )edit

@fill: the upcoming new browser design fixes this somewhat: https://github.com/sailfishos/sailfish-browser/blob/master/design/sailfish-browser-15-1.jpg

nthn ( 2015-01-24 13:30:36 +0200 )edit

@nthn Awesome! :D

fill ( 2015-01-24 15:07:08 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-01-02 20:33:16 +0200

This could be a potential problem as you will not be able to tell if the back button will actually go back to a previous page or close the tab. Sometimes it is useful to know when you can't go back anymore.

But I agree the browser can be improved on the closing tabs functionality. Maybe a simple solution for now would be to sort the tabs in descending order, so the most recently opened appear on top and no scrolling is needed.

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answered 2015-01-24 09:25:56 +0200

bilgy_no1 gravatar image

I agree completely with this request. This is how it also works in Opera browser on Android, and it makes more sense than what happens in the Sailfish browser.

What happens now ( Pressing the back button on the initial page of a tab renders a blank page. This often confuses me, since it looks like a page is loading.

Expected behaviour: the Back button should close the tab and go to the 'parent' tab, if it was originally opened with 'Open in New Tab' after a long press on a link.

If the tab was opened in the tabs view, the back button should go back there.

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Asked: 2014-01-01 18:29:15 +0200

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