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When my address bar is active, I cannot close the current tab using CTRL+W - is this behaviour modifiable?

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I would like to be able to use the CTRL+W combination even if the address bar is active. Can that be achieved?

Ubuntu 19.10 (Gnome), Firefox 70.0.

I would like to be able to use the CTRL+W combination even if the address bar is active. Can that be achieved? Ubuntu 19.10 (Gnome), Firefox 70.0.

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dandalf02 said

created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time).

It looks like your Gnome use the Emacs keybind mode. Could you try to type the following command in a terminal to set back the mode to default (you may have to run it with sudo):

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Default"

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Danny Colin 7 solutions 18 answers

dandalf02 said

I would like to be able to use the CTRL+W combination even if the address bar is active. Can that be achieved?

By default, you should be able to close the current tab with `Ctrl + w` no matter the address bar is focused or not. Could you try to create a new profile (See step 6 in Table of Content) and see if you still encounter the same problem.

''dandalf02 [[#question-1272453|said]]'' <blockquote> I would like to be able to use the CTRL+W combination even if the address bar is active. Can that be achieved? </blockquote> By default, you should be able to close the current tab with `Ctrl + w` no matter the address bar is focused or not. Could you try to [[Troubleshoot and diagnose Firefox problems|create a new profile]] (See step 6 in Table of Content) and see if you still encounter the same problem.

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Some Ctrl key combinations may not work in an input field or text area, but Ctrl+W should work like posted above.

Try the Firefox version from the official Mozilla server if you currently use a version from the repositories of your Linux distribution.

Some Ctrl key combinations may not work in an input field or text area, but Ctrl+W should work like posted above. Try the Firefox version from the official Mozilla server if you currently use a version from the repositories of your Linux distribution. *https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/
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Thank you both, Danny Colin and cor-el, for your solutions, sadly neither of them worked for me.

When I created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time).

The behaviour is the same when I use the official version downloaded from the Mozilla website.

Thank you both, Danny Colin and cor-el, for your solutions, sadly neither of them worked for me. When I created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time). The behaviour is the same when I use the official version downloaded from the Mozilla website.
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Bogdan Mihai 0 solutions 2 answers

Hi dandalf02,

Maybe this would be useful to troubleshoot your problem: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/94331/how-can-i-delete-a-word-backward-at-the-command-line-bash-and-zsh#94391

Looks like Ubuntu has a default "kill word" (aka werase) when you press Ctrl+W.

Let me know how this goes.

Hi dandalf02, Maybe this would be useful to troubleshoot your problem: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/94331/how-can-i-delete-a-word-backward-at-the-command-line-bash-and-zsh#94391 Looks like Ubuntu has a default "kill word" (aka werase) when you press Ctrl+W. Let me know how this goes.
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dandalf02 said

created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time).

It looks like your Gnome use the Emacs keybind mode. Could you try to type the following command in a terminal to set back the mode to default (you may have to run it with sudo):

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Default"

''dandalf02 [[#answer-1265191|said]]'' <blockquote> created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time). </blockquote> It looks like your Gnome use the Emacs keybind mode. Could you try to type the following command in a terminal to set back the mode to default (you may have to run it with sudo): <code> gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Default" </code>
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dandalf02 said
created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time).

It looks like your Gnome use the Emacs keybind mode. Could you try to type the following command in a terminal to set back the mode to default (you may have to run it with sudo):

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Default"

Danny Colins: Wow, thank you, that completely solved it! I have no idea how the keybinding mode came to be set for emacs - I certainly didn't do it on purpose - but the issue was really there.

EDIT: I just found the emacs keybindings can be turned on/off in the Gnome Tweaks tool, under "Keyboard and Mouse" - so I might have actually done it by accident. Silly me.

''Danny Colin [[#answer-1265201|said]]'' <blockquote> ''dandalf02 [[#answer-1265191|said]]'' <blockquote> created a new profile, the CTRL+W still didn't close the tab with active address bar (addendum: instead, for some reason, it simulates shift+backspace and deletes a 'word' of text at a time). </blockquote> It looks like your Gnome use the Emacs keybind mode. Could you try to type the following command in a terminal to set back the mode to default (you may have to run it with sudo): <code> gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Default" </code> </blockquote> Danny Colins: Wow, thank you, that completely solved it! I have no idea how the keybinding mode came to be set for emacs - I certainly didn't do it on purpose - but the issue was really there. EDIT: I just found the emacs keybindings can be turned on/off in the Gnome Tweaks tool, under "Keyboard and Mouse" - so I might have actually done it by accident. Silly me.

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