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I don't know what happened but I haven't changed any settings and now my Firefox keeps opening new tabs and switching to them even though "When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately" is unchecked in settings and both browser.tabs.loadInBackground and services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.tabs.loadInBackground are set to true in the about:config. I've also tried the extension "Switch to tab no more" and that doesn't work. I have no idea what caused my browser to act this way but it's pretty frustrating.

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It depends on whether the link is designed to stay in the same tab or to open a new window. Firefox has a separate preference for each, and only the one for "same tab" is on the Options page.

Give this a try:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste tabs and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground preference to switch it from the default value of false to true -- the line should turn bold

Does that help?


Since there are a number of similar-sounding preferences, here is my understanding of when they apply:

  • browser.tabs.loadInBackground => when you open a regular link in a new tab using Ctrl+click (or right-click > Open in a New Tab)
    • default = true, do not make the new tab active
    • In the Options dialog/page, this is controlled by the "When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately" setting.
  • browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground => when you divert a script-generated new window to a new tab using Ctrl+click, or when a page uses the target attribute to launch a link in a new window and you divert it to a new tab
    • default = false, make the new tab active
  • browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground => when you load a bookmark in a new tab using Ctrl+click (or right-click > Open in a New Tab)
    • default = false, make the new tab active
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It depends on whether the link is designed to stay in the same tab or to open a new window. Firefox has a separate preference for each, and only the one for "same tab" is on the Options page.

Give this a try:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste tabs and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground preference to switch it from the default value of false to true -- the line should turn bold

Does that help?


Since there are a number of similar-sounding preferences, here is my understanding of when they apply:

  • browser.tabs.loadInBackground => when you open a regular link in a new tab using Ctrl+click (or right-click > Open in a New Tab)
    • default = true, do not make the new tab active
    • In the Options dialog/page, this is controlled by the "When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately" setting.
  • browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground => when you divert a script-generated new window to a new tab using Ctrl+click, or when a page uses the target attribute to launch a link in a new window and you divert it to a new tab
    • default = false, make the new tab active
  • browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground => when you load a bookmark in a new tab using Ctrl+click (or right-click > Open in a New Tab)
    • default = false, make the new tab active
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My main issue was when I Ctrl left clicked on a bookmark and it kept opening to it. That last option, browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground, is the one that did the trick. It was on false but setting it to true fixed it. Thanks!