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Google Chrome engineers are planning on removing two time saving features
Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser on the planet, used by more than a billion people around the world.
The search engine giant's web browser has overtaken Apple Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer with its easy-to-use interface.
But Google are now planning on removing TWO features from Chrome.
Engineers from the California-based tech giant are planning on removing the "Close other tabs" and "Close tabs to the right" right-click options.
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The time-saving features help Google Chrome users quickly close a large number of tabs with just a few clicks.
The plan to remove the two options was spotted on the Chromium project by a Reddit user.
Google engineers have planned to remove the menu options for a number of years before opening the Chromium issue 515930, dated July 31 2015.
That year one Chromium developer wrote: "Ben agreed years ago that we could remove these [menu options].
"They are useful in occasional circumstances, but not enough to justify the menu space."
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After a prolonged period of inactivity and no decision being made, the issue was raised again in September 2016.
Usage stats showed that "Close tabs to the right" was used only by 6.06 per cent of users, and "Close other tabs" used by 2.20 per cent of users.
While this is far short of the 23.21 per cent who user the "Duplicate" tab, it is ahead of the least used "Bookmark all tabs" feature.
That was only used by a paltry 0.64 per cent and "Unmute tab" was just used by 1.41 per cent.
Another Chrome developer wrote: "Remember, this isn't just six per cent of the actions taken in the menu.
"This is six per cent of actions taken in a menu that is triggered very rarely (I forget the stats, we went over them in the mute/unmute discussion, but it's like two per cent of users).
"So your 0.1 per cent figure is actually pretty close."
The Google Chrome features help users close multiple tabs with a few clicks
After another period of inactivity on the issue, Chromium engineers decided to assign the issue in February.
This means engineers are getting ready to remove the two menu options in future builds.
No timetable has been set yet for the removal of the two menu options, but Google Chrome users on Reddit were left fuming.
One Redditor wrote: "Wait, why? I love the close other tabs option."
While another posted: " routinely use "Close other tabs". After a heavy browsing session I can easily end up with at least a dozen tabs open thanks to opening links in new tabs, checking Google or Wikipedia for more information, etc.
"Close other tabs is a nice way to close the other tabs once I'm finished without having to manually close them one by one or simply exiting Chrome and restarting."
Google engineers have suggested a set of shortcuts to help them close a large number of Chrome tabs – however it requires more clicks.
Users were told to select the first tab they want to close by clicking on it.
Then they should select the last tab in a sequence by holding SHIFT and clicking the tab.
There has been no date set for when Google will remove the features from the browser
This selects multiple tabs, and then can be closed in one go by pressing CONTROL and W.
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