How to close current tab in a browser window?

How to close current tab in a browser window?

I want to create a link on a webpage that would close the currently active tab in a browser without closing other tabs in the browser. When the user clicks the close link, an alert message should appear asking the user to confirm with two buttons, “YES” and “NO”. If the user clicks “YES”, close that page and If “NO”, do nothing.
How can it be done? Any suggestions?

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

You will need Javascript to do this. Use window.close():

close();

Note: the current tab is implied. This is equivalent:

window.close();

or you can specify a different window.

So:

function close_window() {
  if (confirm("Close Window?")) {
    close();
  }
}

with HTML:

<a href="javascript:close_window();">close</a>

or:

<a href="#" onclick="close_window();return false;">close</a>

You return false here to prevent the default behavior for the event. Otherwise the browser will attempt to go to that URL (which it obviously isn’t).

Now the options on the window.confirm() dialog box will be OK and Cancel (not Yes and No). If you really want Yes and No you’ll need to create some kind of modal Javascript dialog box.

Note: there is browser-specific differences with the above. If you opened the window with Javascript (via window.open()) then you are allowed to close the window with javascript. Firefox disallows you from closing other windows. I believe IE will ask the user for confirmation. Other browsers may vary.

Solution 2:

Try this

<a href="javascript:window.open('','_self').close();">close</a>

Solution 3:

This method works in Chrome and IE:

<a href="blablabla" onclick="setTimeout(function(){var ww = window.open(window.location, '_self'); ww.close(); }, 1000);">
    If you click on this the window will be closed after 1000ms
</a>

Solution 4:

As far as I can tell, it no longer is possible in Chrome or FireFox. It may still be possible in IE (at least pre-Edge).

Solution 5:

It is possible. I searched the whole net for this, but once when i took one of microsoft’s survey, I finally got the answer.

try this:

window.top.close();

this will close the current tab for you.

Solution 6:

Tested successfully in FF 18 and Chrome 24:

Insert in head:

<script>
    function closeWindow() {
        window.open('','_parent','');
        window.close();
    }
</script> 

HTML:

<a href="javascript:closeWindow();">Close Window</a>

Credits go to Marcos J. Drake.