I find it very annoying opening the tabs list and swiping over or hitting the little X for closing a tab (an action which I do a lot...)

Is there any shortcut for closing the front tab using some single gesture? If not, is there some way to create such a custom functionality using some add-on/hack?

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It seems the method you describe is currently the only true way of doing this. However, if you press the back key, it will close the current tab once you've gone back through the history of THAT tab. So if you open up lots of tabs but then close each one after reading, this is a very quick method for you (1 click). If you do extensive browsing in each tab, it's not as good but still easy in that you just press one button

There are many other browsers out there (Firefox, Dolphin HD / Mini, Boat Browser / Mini, Opera, Maxathon, SkyFire) which are all great applications (as you can tell by their app star ratings), albeit with different levels of integration with you Google account. Several support addons or plugins to provide additional functionality.

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    Note that you can now (as of Chrome 78) long-press on the tab list button (next to the URL bar - the one that displays the number of tabs you have open and which opens the tabs list when you press it) and you'll get a menu like this: i.imgur.com/pUPSa3r.png So you can use that to quickly close the current tab. Still a bit slow for my liking, but much better than before.
    – joe
    Jun 11, 2020 at 5:45
  • @joe thanks for that hint. Finally this is possible. Please post this as an answer that we can credit you for that. Oct 17, 2020 at 16:20
  • Hope @joe or somebody publishes this as an answer.
    – jaychris
    Jul 9, 2022 at 4:27
  • Nowaday pressing Back just minimises Chrome. So useless. Feb 27 at 23:02

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