How to stop Ctrl+Shift+Q from closing in Chrome abruptly?

I am an ardent fan of Google Chrome browser. I always work with multiple tabs ranging 25 to 40+ kept open. I also use multiple laptops for my work (Thank to Google Sync, as it helps me manage preferences, extensions across computers). As the keyboard layout differs among PC’s, I sometimes hit Ctrl+Shift+Q  by mistake instead of Ctrl+Shift+tab and it annoys the hell out of me. Yes, it closes the entire set of opened tabs without any warning popup message. Though there is a way to restore all those closed tabs by clicking “Recently closed tabs”, I badly need to get rid of this shortcut.

The browser has to save the exact state of the closed tabs contents if you plan to restore later, this might mess with web applications that work asynchronously and try to keep track of the client’s connection and session. Salesforce annoys me not just by logging out, but also gets the page redirected to it’s home page when I expect it to restore it’s session as such before closing.  The pathetic thing is, it deletes the entire history when we click back. Firefox does a pretty good job of maintaining this perfectly.

There can be only two options. Either to disable ctrl+shift+Q shortcut or to have a popup cautioning me about the closure, so that I can cancel it. Firefox, Internet Explorer 7+, and Safari all do this nicely now (either warning, or both warning and offering to re-open all tabs when next run).

I have been missing this feature for so long and so does many other impatient users. Looks like it has not yet been fixed yet.

To overcome this, I was trying out some extensions to overcome this issue and found the following app to be promising. – Window Close Protector.

Though there are few other extensions available in Chrome Webstore for altering the shortcut and was not so useful, I stick to this simple extension. This saved my day 🙂

Please be informed about it’s known bug..

If you’ve just installed the extension, it will not retroactively protect pages that are already open. Only new windows get protected. So, don’t try right away if it works. I was already victimized the first time 🙂


  1. Ryan

    Beautiful man, this is the single most annoying thing about chrome and thanks to you I might avoid another incident of loosing data because of it.. Cheers

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