How do you stop going to a new windows rather than just using tab?
When I open a link it will automatically go to a window. I do not want that to happen. How can I just have the new link go to a new tab instead?
Type about:preferences#general<enter> in the address bar. Under Tabs, turn on Open New Window In New TabRead this answer in context 1
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Type about:preferences#general<enter> in the address bar. Under Tabs, turn on Open New Window In New Tab
Are these links inside a Firefox window and you want a new tab in that window? Usually, that happens, but you could check this setting to see whether it changed:
"3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Options
In the left column, if General is not already selected, click General. Then on the right side, toward the bottom of the list, make sure there is a checkmark next to "Open new windows in a new tab instead"
Is that not working?
Is there a specific site where you have this problem? Sites can specially code links to open in a new window by specifying some features of the window (for example, height and width, no scrollbar, etc.). There is a hidden setting to force even those scripted windows into a new tab instead. Here's how you set it:
(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.
(2) In the filter box, type or paste link.o and pause while the list is filtered.
(3) There are three similarly named preferences for different scenarios, we're going to focus on the second one, but I mention the others in case you have a question when you see them:
(A) browser.link.open_newwindow - for links in Firefox tabs
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
0 = apply the setting under (A) to ALL new windows (even script windows) 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
Does setting that second preference to a value of 0 make any difference?