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Pressing mouse scroll-wheel does not open link in a new tab

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Since the upgrade to Version 38.0.1, this action is no longer working. I can right-click and select a link to open in a new tab, but pressing the mouse scroll-wheel no longer works as a shortcut.

Please fix or advise if there's a setting I can tweak to get this feature back.

Thank you.

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Is this with middle clicking a link on a web page or doesn't middle-clicking work at all?

Does holding Ctrl and left-click work to open the link in a new tab?

Did you check the settings in the mouse driver software for clicking the scroll wheel?

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Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem.

  • Switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance
  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe Mode start window
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Safe Mode didn't allow the mouse to work like it should and I was already using the DEFAULT theme.

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Is this with middle clicking a link on a web page or doesn't middle-clicking work at all?

Does holding Ctrl and left-click work to open the link in a new tab?

Did you check the settings in the mouse driver software for clicking the scroll wheel?

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The mouse may just be old. I don't mash my buttons or type like I'm using a jackhammer. When I press harder on the wheel and hold it for a second, it works. Must be sheer coincidence it started with the upgrade to version 38.

Sorry to waste your time, but thanks for the help.