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Why despite 'Open new windows in a new tab instead' is set do I keep getting new windows opening?

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I have always had this set, but suddenly links have started opening in a new window [another Firefox browser opens], and despite checking open in new tab is set, it continues.

I have always had this set, but suddenly links have started opening in a new window [another Firefox browser opens], and despite checking open in new tab is set, it continues.
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Installierte Plugins

  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 11.0.10
  • Google Update
  • Intel web components for Intel® Identity Protection Technology
  • Intel web components updater - Installs and updates the Intel web components
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • RealDownloader Plugin
  • RealNetworks(tm) RealDownloader HTML5VideoShim Plug-In
  • RealPlayer Download Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • Shockwave Flash 32.0 r0
  • Unity Player 5.2.3f1
  • Npdsplay dll
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers

Anwendung

  • Firefox 52.9.0
  • User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/52.0
  • Hilfe-URL: https://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/52.9.0/WINNT/en-GB/

Erweiterungen

  • Application Update Service Helper 2.0 (aushelper@mozilla.org)
  • Hotfix for Firefox bug 1548973 (armagaddon 2.0) mitigation 1.1.4 (hotfix-bug-1548973@mozilla.org)
  • Multi-process staged rollout 1.10 (e10srollout@mozilla.org)
  • Package 4.0.16 (@Package)
  • Pocket 1.0.5 (firefox@getpocket.com)
  • Web Compat 1.0 (webcompat@mozilla.org)
  • E-Web Print 1.23.00 (e-webprint@epson.com) (inaktiv)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 0.0.0 ({20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}) (inaktiv)
  • RealDownloader 1.3.4 ({1B12EF76-2B5E-4DA1-B587-4762D49BFE03}) (inaktiv)

JavaScript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Grafiken

  • adapterDescription: Intel(R) HD Graphics
  • adapterDescription2:
  • adapterDeviceID: 0x0102
  • adapterDeviceID2:
  • adapterDrivers: igxprd32
  • adapterDrivers2:
  • adapterRAM: Unknown
  • adapterRAM2:
  • adapterSubsysID: 00000000
  • adapterSubsysID2:
  • adapterVendorID: 0x8086
  • adapterVendorID2:
  • crashGuards: []
  • currentAudioBackend: winmm
  • direct2DEnabled: False
  • direct2DEnabledMessage: [u'blockedDriver']
  • directWriteEnabled: False
  • directWriteVersion: 0.0.0.0
  • driverDate: 1-16-2012
  • driverDate2:
  • driverVersion: 6.14.10.5398
  • driverVersion2:
  • featureLog: {u'fallbacks': [], u'features': [{u'status': u'available', u'description': u'Compositing', u'log': [{u'status': u'available', u'type': u'default'}], u'name': u'HW_COMPOSITING'}, {u'status': u'unavailable', u'description': u'Direct3D11 Compositing', u'log': [{u'status': u'available', u'type': u'default'}, {u'status': u'unavailable', u'message': u'Direct3D11 not available on this computer', u'type': u'runtime'}], u'name': u'D3D11_COMPOSITING'}, {u'status': u'available', u'description': u'Direct3D9 Compositing', u'log': [{u'status': u'available', u'type': u'default'}], u'name': u'D3D9_COMPOSITING'}, {u'status': u'unavailable', u'description': u'Direct2D', u'log': [{u'status': u'unavailable', u'message': u'Direct2D is not available on Windows XP', u'type': u'default'}], u'name': u'DIRECT2D'}, {u'status': u'disabled', u'description': u'Direct3D11 hardware ANGLE', u'log': [{u'status': u'available', u'type': u'default'}, {u'status': u'disabled', u'message': u'D3D11 compositing is disabled', u'type': u'env'}], u'name': u'D3D11_HW_ANGLE'}]}
  • info: {u'AzureCanvasAccelerated': 0, u'AzureCanvasBackend': u'skia', u'AzureFallbackCanvasBackend': u'cairo', u'AzureContentBackend': u'skia'}
  • isGPU2Active: False
  • numAcceleratedWindows: 1
  • numTotalWindows: 1
  • supportsHardwareH264: No; Failed to create H264 decoder
  • webgl2Renderer: WebGL creation failed: * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Exhausted GL driver caps.
  • webglRenderer: WebGL creation failed: * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Exhausted GL driver caps.
  • windowLayerManagerRemote: True
  • windowLayerManagerType: Direct3D 9

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jscher2000
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Hi PetePassword, your Firefox identified itself as versoin 52 running on Windows XP. Is that correct, so the relevant settings would be the ones from back in the day?

There are three related settings to check:

(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 or accepting the risk.

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

(3) Review/Adjust the preferences as follows:

(A) browser.link.open_newwindow - for links in Firefox tabs

This is the one that has a checkbox on the Preferences page:

  • 3 = divert new window to a new tab (default)
  • 2 = allow link to open a new window
  • 1 = force new window into same tab

(B) browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction - for links in Firefox tabs

By default, if a page sets width, height, or toolbars for a popup, Firefox will let it be a separate window. To force those into a tab as well, you can change this preference to 0:

  • 0 = apply the setting under (A) to ALL new windows (even script windows with features) <= you might want to try this
  • 2 = apply the setting under (A) to normal windows, but NOT to script windows with features (default)
  • 1 = override the setting under (A) and always use new windows

(C) browser.link.open_newwindow.override.external - for links in other programs

  • -1 = apply the setting under (A) to external links (default)
  • 3 = open external links in a new tab in the last active window
  • 2 = open external links in a new window
  • 1 = open external links in the last active tab replacing the current page

To return to normal if things go haywire, right-click each "modified" preference and choose Reset.

Any improvement?

Hi PetePassword, your Firefox identified itself as versoin 52 running on Windows XP. Is that correct, so the relevant settings would be the ones from back in the day? There are three related settings to check: (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 or accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''neww''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) Review/Adjust the preferences as follows: (A) '''browser.link.open_newwindow''' - ''for links in Firefox tabs'' This is the one that has a checkbox on the Preferences page: * '''3 = divert new window to a new tab (default)''' * 2 = allow link to open a new window * 1 = force new window into same tab (B) '''browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction''' - ''for links in Firefox tabs'' By default, if a page sets width, height, or toolbars for a popup, Firefox will let it be a separate window. To force those into a tab as well, you can change this preference to 0: * 0 = '''apply the setting under (A) to ALL new windows (even script windows with features) ''<= you might want to try this''''' * 2 = apply the setting under (A) to normal windows, but NOT to script windows with features (default) * 1 = override the setting under (A) and always use new windows (C) '''browser.link.open_newwindow.override.external''' - ''for links in other programs'' * -1 = apply the setting under (A) to external links (default) * 3 = open external links in a new tab in the last active window * 2 = open external links in a new window * 1 = open external links in the last active tab replacing the current page To return to normal if things go haywire, right-click each "modified" preference and choose Reset. Any improvement?
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jscher2000
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By the way, the extension list you shared includes something called "Package" which I don't think I've heard of before. Is that something useful you remember installing, or a possible bundleware item that snuck in and could be causing issues?

You can view, disable, and often remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons
  • type or paste about:addons in the address bar and press Enter/Return

In the left column of the Add-ons page, click Extensions.

Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. Any extensions Firefox installs for built-in features are hidden from this page, so everything listed here is your choice (and your responsibility) to manage. Anything suspicious or that you just do not remember installing or why? If in doubt, disable (or remove).

By the way, the extension list you shared includes something called "Package" which I don't think I've heard of before. Is that something useful you remember installing, or a possible bundleware item that snuck in and could be causing issues? You can view, disable, and often remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either: * Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a) * "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons * type or paste '''about:addons''' in the address bar and press Enter/Return In the left column of the Add-ons page, click Extensions. Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. Any extensions Firefox installs for built-in features are hidden from this page, so everything listed here is your choice (and your responsibility) to manage. Anything suspicious or that you just do not remember installing or why? If in doubt, disable (or remove).
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Excellent solution, precisely explained. Thanks very much indeed. Apologies for using something from the distant past, but I prefer stable XP with all the bugs removed to the juvenile animated versions that simply confuse and irritate!

Excellent solution, precisely explained. Thanks very much indeed. Apologies for using something from the distant past, but I prefer stable XP with all the bugs removed to the juvenile animated versions that simply confuse and irritate!
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mcclenaghan 0 Lösungen 9 Antworten
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I followed all instructions, and nothing changed. Why does each update require us to tweak it in order to have it the way we want? I'm tired of this; the developers know how to create an update that can follow existing settings, so do it.

I followed all instructions, and nothing changed. Why does each update require us to tweak it in order to have it the way we want? I'm tired of this; the developers know how to create an update that can follow existing settings, so do it.
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jscher2000
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Hi mcclenaghan, there wasn't a settings change; it should work the same way it always has.

What's happening on your Firefox, what's the pattern you're seeing?

Did your Firefox mention having to create a new profile and logging into your Firefox Account to retrieve settings?

Hi mcclenaghan, there wasn't a settings change; it should work the same way it always has. What's happening on your Firefox, what's the pattern you're seeing? Did your Firefox mention having to create a new profile and logging into your Firefox Account to retrieve settings?
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mcclenaghan 0 Lösungen 9 Antworten
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To address your questions specifically--

(1)What's happening on your Firefox, what's the pattern you're seeing?

Trying to log into Facebook--page loads partially with icons only, which don't work; does not load postings; will not open my own timeline.

YouTube--it won't accept my password to sign into my Google account which works fine on Chrome.

Did your Firefox mention having to create a new profile and logging into your Firefox Account to retrieve settings?

Yes, and I clicked "create a new profile" but nothing changed. No message about logging into Firefox Account to retrieve settings, but I did try to access Firefox Account, and it rejected my password.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling version 70 but that didn't do anything to change my problems. The problem is not with my passwords or accounts, because they all work in Chrome.

In exasperation, I reverted to the previous version of Firefox where everything works. No problem with Facebook or Gmail, or Firefox accounts where I posted the question.

To address your questions specifically-- (1)What's happening on your Firefox, what's the pattern you're seeing? Trying to log into Facebook--page loads partially with icons only, which don't work; does not load postings; will not open my own timeline. YouTube--it won't accept my password to sign into my Google account which works fine on Chrome. Did your Firefox mention having to create a new profile and logging into your Firefox Account to retrieve settings? Yes, and I clicked "create a new profile" but nothing changed. No message about logging into Firefox Account to retrieve settings, but I did try to access Firefox Account, and it rejected my password. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling version 70 but that didn't do anything to change my problems. The problem is not with my passwords or accounts, because they all work in Chrome. In exasperation, I reverted to the previous version of Firefox where everything works. No problem with Facebook or Gmail, or Firefox accounts where I posted the question.
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Hi mcclenaghan, I don't think your issues are related to the subject of this thread, so you should start a different one.

Several users have reported problems loading FB and logging into some sites that insist cookies are disabled. It seems to be a problem with local storage, but the exact cause and best solution or workaround are still under discussion in several threads.

As a short-term workaround, it may help to change this setting:

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

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

(3) Double-click the dom.storage.next_gen preference to switch the value from true to false

Hi mcclenaghan, I don't think your issues are related to the subject of this thread, so you should start a different one. Several users have reported problems loading FB and logging into some sites that insist cookies are disabled. It seems to be a problem with local storage, but the exact cause and best solution or workaround are still under discussion in several threads. As a short-term workaround, it may help to change this setting: (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''next''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the '''dom.storage.next_gen''' preference to switch the value from true to false
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