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Where is the "Recently closed tabs/Tab menu" button on the top right?

  • @chrisohm said in Where is the "Recently closed tabs/Tab menu" button on the top right?:

    I just extra created an acoount just to reply here to say that the removal of the "recently closed tabs" button is the worst decision in whole opera history. This button was THE reason why I have always used Opera instead of Firefox or Chrome and I use Opera for more than 10 years. And now you removed it....
    The new menu-->history way is very bad: way more clicks and much longer way for the mouse pointer and therefore uncomfortable and time wasting.
    Adding the new search option is not wrong overall (although I don't need it) but why replacing another more useful thing with that? Do the Opera developers really think that average Opera user is such an dumb person that one button leads to overstraing while using Opera? The absolute minimum would be giving the user an option to decide which buttons he/she wants to have.

    Thanks for the guys giving the solution with changing the flag but I am very afraid that the flag will be removedn a future version because of "cleaning up the code"... It will be the point where I have to choose a new browser.

    Just wanted to say I agree 100% with this. This was the single most useful button of any browser, and I have been going nuts the few days I have been using the new version until I came to find this workaround.

    Bring back the old functionality!

  • @burnout426 Thanks a lot. I missed this function since the last update!

  • Don't often visit these forums as I am mostly indifferent about changes made. This change however feels like a step in the wrong direction.

    Please consider reverting to the old functionality or at least expanding the new search feature to include the old feature. Searching through either open or closed tabs as well as the ability to restore closed tabs would be far more useful than the current implementation.

  • Thankfully the disable flag is still working! This was pretty frustrating when the Recently Closed feature was removed. I'm usually not the type of user that has 20-30 tabs open at the same time, so having the ability to search through current tabs is completely useless to me. Being able to quickly and efficiently reopen a tab that I accidentally closed is great! I'm with others: this new feature doesn't make much sense and seems like a step backwards.

  • 149 posts and counting.

    This is a clear message to Opera Developers that you have taken away an essential usability aspect of the browser that users have relied on for years, and are now missing.

    Why relocate it to some remote difficult location in the menu hierarchy? Was an incorrect assumption made that the recently closed pages/tabs button was not being used? Based on what data?

    As an Opera user since version 3, and long time Developer and usability expert, I do speak up when I see a bad decision, and this is definitely one of them.

    Please encourage the Developers to restore this essential feature in the near future. I used it regularly and it's obvious from the overwhelming consensus here, that I'm not alone.

    Thank you.

  • @mrpantz I doubt they will restore it (in near future at least). Maybe 1 or 2 years later they'll deprecate the 'search in tabs' as well because of its unpopularity (like they say now about 'TabMenu' and 'InstantSearch').

    For example, according to the latest 69 Dev changelog https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/changelog-for-69/#b3679.0
    they tune the OMenu > History way, instead of restoring TabMenu

    • DNA-85968 [WinLin] Allow restoring individual window tabs from Recently Closed in History menu
    • DNA-86150 Add browser tests for restoring recently closed window

    *I don't know what 'add browser tests for restoring closed window' does mean here (restoring the feature or just restoring a closed window like it worked for tabs)

  • This really does seem to be the only topic to have generated this amount of interest over the last month, if not a considerably longer time period. For me, this change only appeared about a week ago, and as I said above it entirely broke the functionality of the software as I used it.

    If the developers are unable to listen to feedback that is quite clear about the features that the users like using, then something is broken.

  • @lordhoth said in Where is the "Recently closed tabs/Tab menu" button on the top right?:

    This really does seem to be the only topic to have generated this amount of interest over the last month, if not a considerably longer time period.

    This!

    For the hell of it, I scrolled back through a year's worth of threads in the general Opera for Computers forum, and this one has the most posts by a large margin - most of them asking the same question and/or expressing the same opinion. I understand that the moderators are not the developers, but is anyone in command listening??

  • @andrew84 said in Where is the "Recently closed tabs/Tab menu" button on the top right?:

    @mrpantz I doubt they will restore it (in near future at least). Maybe 1 or 2 years later they'll deprecate the 'search in tabs' as well because of its unpopularity (like they say now about 'TabMenu' and 'InstantSearch').

    This can be same (similar) problem what happened with first Chromium based Opera (15) - developers removed Bookmarks because of low usage stats. What devs didn't consider is that many old-time users [like me], who used bookmarks extensively, had disabled usage statistics collection.

    Now there is similar setting - "Help improve Opera by sending feature usage information" - of course it is turned off [in my case at least] (and I don't turn it on - I hate any kind of software telemetry). And devs, who likely do not read these forums often, cannot see my (and very likely many other users) everyday usage of this old and good "Recently closed tabs/Tab menu" button and may decide that nobody uses it. Again 😞

    *I don't know what 'add browser tests for restoring closed window' does mean here (restoring the feature or restoring a closed window like it worked for tabs)

    I would think their tests didn't include restoring some common javascript-heavy stateful websites, which likely couldn't restored in exactly correct way. Just hypothesis; I personally haven't experienced problems with restoring closed tabs - but I can imagine this is not always so easy operation.

  • @donq said in Where is the "Recently closed tabs/Tab menu" button on the top right?:

    Help improve Opera by sending feature usage information" - of course it is turned off

    Yes, I also turn this toggle off, 'send crash reports' and similar things too.

    P.S. Interesting to know, how popular are such things like:

    • Receive promoted Speed Dials and Bookmarks (how many users like to see additional random SD tiles that appear on their start page)
    • Show continue shopping section (that work only with amazon and aliexpress)
    • Show Continue on Booking.com section (separate feature for the single web site only)
    • Display promotional notifications
  • @strike9
    Thank you very much
    🙂

  • I have made opera account just to say that this feature is one if the main reasons why I use Opera and why it is different from other browsers. Please keep it in, at least optional.

  • Can I add my voice to those saying that I value the 'Recently Closed Tabs' feature and am grateful to #burnout426 for explaining how to restore it. I hope the developers will take note of all these comments.

  • Hi, in latest release "Recently closed tabs" is missing. Instead of it there is "Search in tabs" which is meaningless for me... I used "Recently closed tabs" every day and really love this function. Why you decided remove it?

  • Removing recently closed and move to the menu is to remind me of Android applications. When some project manager doesn't have an idea what to suggest (or he is new and what to show how good is he) and he makes some "smart" moves. Very soon application gets rapid 1/5 stars. Many good apps are ruined in the same way.

    Why do we need to search for tabs? I have a lot of open tabs and find them very easy. Those which are important to me I pinned them. Others are there just to check or read something fast.

  • I haven't needed to post on here for several years but I felt so strongly about this that I've had to sign in and update my profile just to do so.

    As you can probably guess, I didn't realise how much I used the Recently Closed Tabs drop down arrow until it disappeared. So add my name to the list of disgruntled users. In the meantime I have disabled the flag and hope the developers realised their mistake for future updates.

    Thanks for the tip to change it temporarily.

  • I got into this topic in search of a solution to return the icon of closed pages.
    Thank you for solution.

    I also hope that future versions will return this functionality by default, since this feature is one of the "killer features" of the Opera browser.

  • @sgunhouse Nice. Thanx for this feature... dickheads.