Sometime I see a question with a few votes to close, and I don't know why (valid question and so on). I usually click on the "close" link to see why other users want to close the question. In most cases it's because the question is a duplicate.

Now with the brand new 10 foot long closing box, I have to scroll down to find the "cancel" button. I'm not a big fan of this. Could we make it so that you can close this box by pressing the "escape" key ?

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    F5 should work.
    – Gnoupi
    Feb 15, 2010 at 9:16
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    @gnoupi it would work, but it's not convenient
    – marcgg
    Feb 15, 2010 at 9:28
  • status-planned - anyone know when? May 31, 2010 at 23:13

3 Answers 3


How about we also put a little X in the top right-hand corner? This seems like it would be very intuitive for most users, and very quick since you probably just had the mouse-in-hand when hitting the close button.

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    It's not about being intuitive or not, it's about speed. It's faster to just hit escape than to hunt for a button.
    – alex
    Feb 18, 2010 at 17:56
  • @alex, Not if you're using the mouse a lot, your hand is probably already on it from hitting the close button (though I love keyboard shortcuts also). Feb 18, 2010 at 18:01
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    @alex, maybe you missed what I said about 'top right-hand corner' in relation to what the OP said about having to scroll down to get to the cancel button. This way there is no scrolling. Feb 18, 2010 at 18:28
  • I think giving the option could be nice for people using mostly their mouse... but I definitively prefer clickyng Escape. Mouses are so 2005
    – marcgg
    Feb 19, 2010 at 9:02

I definitely agree!

I would even propose to extend this feature request not only to the close box, but to any other pop-up on the site. It can be frustrating if you have to click on the box to make it disappear. A quick tap on the escape-key is the most natural way to close these kind of boxes.

  • The tab completion dialog is another annoying one. It will not go away and it almost completely obscures the "Save Edits" submit button, which makes question cleanup way more of a chore than it needs to be.
    – Ether
    Feb 15, 2010 at 17:14

GreaseMonkey Script, just straight forward.

For fading out effect, attaching .fadeOutAndRemove() to .click event would work.

// ==UserScript==
// @name           Esc to Close Dialog
// @namespace      stackoverflow
// @description    Attach Esc Key to close-popup dialog
// @include        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/*
// @include        http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/*
// @include        http://serverfault.com/questions/*
// @include        http://superuser.com/questions/*
// ==/UserScript==

$ = unsafeWindow.$;


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