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Normally if I close Chrome by clicking on the "X" button on the upper right (in window managers other than xmonad, obviously), if I later reopen Chrome then it shows me all my tabs again.

However in xmonad, if I close Chrome with mod+shift+c and then reopen it my previous tabs are gone and I have to re-open them using the recently closed tabs menu. This indicates to me that Chrome is not getting closed in the same way as when I click on the "X" button.

Since xmonad hides said "X" button, how can I close windows in the same way that I would if I clicked on the "X" button?

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Use Ctrl+Shift+Q to close Chrome instead of mod+shift+c. See Linux keyboard shortcuts for Chrome

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    This may work for Chrome, but it still would be nice to have something I could use for any window. – Cory Klein Oct 16 '13 at 20:10
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Not a direct solution to your question but more of a workaround. I use the Chrome plugin Tabs Outliner which among other things, saves the set of tabs currently open so that you can restore them upon restart.

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