I don’t know about you, but for me this shortcut is really frustrating, I never use it but I often hit it by mistake while typing something & lose everything I wrote.
The W key on my keyboard is next to the X & when trying sometimes to make Ctrl+X (shortcut for “cut”), I hit the Ctrl+W instead & here is (precious) irretrievable work gone.
Yesterday when this happened, I decided it will be the last time, so i went googling for a solution, & it happens to be again an add-on for Firefox 3, you can download & install it from here, it’s called KeyConfig.
By the way if you didn’t get Firefox 3 yet you have no excuse do it now!, it’s really the best web browser around!
How to use the plug-in?
Just install it, restart Firefox then go to Tools > Keyconfig, or use shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F12, a box will pop-up with the list of keyboard shortcuts, modify or deactivate the ones you want, I could have just changed the shortcut for tab close, but I really never use it, I just disabled.
OK, what about restoring a closed by mistake tab?
Hmm, for that there’s a hidden keyboard shortcut on Firefox, I wouldn’t have known about it if I didn’t install Keyconfig & see it in the shortcuts list, the shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+T, it’s great because even the text you type in fields & forms is restored with the tab, & you can hit the key combination several times to restore several tabs! I wish I knew before about it :'(
Happy restoring & again get FF3!!