Those dreaded tabs along the top, how do I remove them?

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  1. islandman

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    It has been months since I last visited this site, so I suppose that shows I have not needed to ask anything, but today I do.

    Using my ipad on a daily basis, each time I visit a website, a tab appears along the top. These slide to the left and presumably create a pile. Maybe it's because it's called tabbed browsing. But I never use them and have yet to find a use for them. To remove them I need to click on each one individually which I do from time to time.

    Now to slightly off topic. On my laptop I use Maxthon browser, and that to works along the same lines, however if I were to rt click on any of those tabs, all but the page tab I am viewing, disappear in one foul swoop.

    So, isn't there a way of either making all the ipad tabs along the top disappear in one swoop, or stop them appearing altogether?
     
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    You can turn the tab bar off in Settings > Safari > Show Tab Bar. The tabs will still pile up but you won't be able to see them unless you pinch-to-zoom out or tap the pages icon in the upper right corner of Safari.

    As far as I know there is no way to close multiple tabs simultaneously in iOS.
     
  3. islandman

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    Thanks for that, but it my understanding that if they are left unclosed, they can slow things down as they occupy bandwidth, that is one of the reasons I ask.
     
  4. J. A.

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    When you clear history and website data in Settings - Safari, all the tabs will be closed at once.
     
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    Thanks to JA I have done what I wanted, in as much as I have changed the settings from "show tab bar" so it is not showing now. I didn't have use for it, it took up a small proportion of screen, and by viewing it day after day, acted as an irritant. Now hopefully I will forget it was ever there. Hoo flipping ray.
     
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    Some unnecessary extra information and ideas.

    Different people use tabs in different ways, but here's the most useful thing I use them for; following links without having to leave the original page.

    Whether in an article or a page of search results you can tap-hold on a link so that it opens in a new tab. When you are done with that tab you close it, and you're back in the main article. You can even go two or three links deep if you like. It's very handy for search results, and make satisfying your curiosity about a link in an article painless.

    Another use is to create a new tab to search for something without closing the page you are on. Maybe it's word or reference you don't know. Tap the plus icon and do a search. When you've found the vital piece of info the original page is still there.

    The habit that makes tabs both useful and manageable is to close them immediately when you no longer need them. Don't let them pile up. If you're done with that site, close it. You can do this two ways. Go to the grid view of tabs by either tapping on the double page icon, or pinching the main screen, then swiping the thumbnails to the left (or tapping the (x) in the upper left corner.

    Or you can tap the (x) that appears on a tab when it's in front (the page your are viewing): If you have the tab bar set to show.
     
  7. ardchoille

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    I feel the need to ask, why are you allowing the tabs to pile up? Is there something that you're doing that causes new tabs to be opened every time you tap a link? I wonder if it would be advantageous for you to rethink your habits and perhaps make some changes - this helped me a great deal and allowed me to save some time and effort. We all need to change things from time to time, maybe this is your time :)
     

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