I know the active tab is slightly lighter than the other tabs but where the tabs reside at the top of my screen (on different machines/screens), the tabs fall into a dim area that makes the reduces the contrast between the different tabs. This makes it very difficult to identify the active tab (I’ve accidentally closed the wrong tab on many occasions).
Part of this is likely due to a user’s screen brightness settings (if I max out my screen brightness, they are easier to distinguish), however, I keep my brightness a bit lower for reading comfort and reduced eye strain and some screens are just dimmer based on manufacturer design. I also noticed how prone to reflection the screen is impacts visibility (it seems screens with a reflective surface make it even harder to notice the active tab contrast).
I took some screen shots but they don’t do the lack of contrast justice as the screen shots look pretty good but in reality the difference is really hard to notice on my screen:
An obvious solution would be to further lighten/darken the active tab to increase the contrast with other, inactive tabs. Another possible solution is to highlight active tab similar to how the url/search bar is highlighted with an orange border when you click in it:
Another possible solution would be to only show the ‘close X’ in the active tab (much like after you open 16 tabs: only the active tab has the close X). However, this comes with a down side: users would have to activate each inactive tab to close it rather than just hitting the X on inactive tabs.
Finally, when searching here for an answer, one other suggestion was to turn on the experimental “tab groups” in brave://flags. I tried that but it doesn’t really help: tab groups are highlighted but the active tab within the group is still hard to distinguish (plus adding things to each groups is kind of clunky as you have to right click in the group itself - it would be better if you could lick a “+” within the group or ctrl+T would open a new tab in the active group rather than another ‘default’ tab).
This issue was raised here. Despite several new posts to the thread, we noticed it wasn’t populating in the feature request category’s active/recent discussions list (resulting in it being kind of hidden) so we decided to start a new thread. cc: @AlainK and @dragonlord666.