The One Chrome Setting Every Mac User Should Change

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Whenever I need to close all my open programs — whether I'm at the end of the day or trying to clear up system resources — quitting all the apps running on my Mac is as easy as clicking Command+Q over and over again. Or at least it was until Google changed Chrome for the worse.

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A recent update modified Chrome so that clicking Command+Q does nothing, except for showing a small overlay window that says, "Hold #Q to Quit." That's right, in the name of protecting users who accidentally click Command+Q (What were they trying to do, use Command+A to select all text?), Google broke the unwritten rules of macOS app behaviors.

For a while, I thought that there was no way out of this, that you just had to hold down Command+Q until Chrome resisted. I kept forgetting, though. And Chrome became more and more annoying.

It's not like I could switch, either. I use Google Docs a lot for work, and it works better in Chrome, by many magnitudes.

Fortunately, you can disable this Chrome setting in two simple steps.

1) Click Chrome in the menu bar.
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2) Click Warn Before Quitting
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There, now, quitting Chrome has been returned to normal. It might seem like an infinitesimally small tweak, but I never needed the protection from an accidental click of Command+Q. And now, Chrome behaves like it should.

Now, I'm not thrown out of my rhythm as I close apps, which is just as important as anything else. When you're in a groove at work, you need the most friction-free experience possible, because one distraction leads to another.

Credit: Laptop Mag

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Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.
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2 comments
  • Martin Says:

    Lol, maybe they were using cmd+w to close the tab? Wonder who is using cmd+q but not the other shortcuts. Maybe some semi proffesional user as mac is sadly designed for those, I suppose. Very useful UX feature from Chrome developers.

  • Shawn Says:

    "What were they trying to do, use Command+A to select all text?"

    Nope. I've accidentally quit Chrome altogether several times when I only wanted to use Command+W to close a single tab. I can only imagine that was the logic here. I'm pretty happy about the change because it's already stopped me from accidentally quitting Chrome at least once.

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