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Whenever I click on a link in an Outlook email it opens a new Firefox window instead of opening a new tab on an already open Firefox window

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Hi,

I use Firefox as my default browser.

Whenever I click on a link in an email it opens a new Firefox window instead of opening a new tab on a Firefox window that is already open.

My preference is for it to open a new tab on an already open Firefox window.

I have looked in the settings / preferences and can’t seem to find where to make this change.

Please can you advise the process / steps for me to make this to happen.

Hi, I use Firefox as my default browser. Whenever I click on a link in an email it opens a new Firefox window instead of opening a new tab on a Firefox window that is already open. My preference is for it to open a new tab on an already open Firefox window. I have looked in the settings / preferences and can’t seem to find where to make this change. Please can you advise the process / steps for me to make this to happen.

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Hi jamesburbidgeking, is it Outlook on the web in a Firefox tab, or the Outlook that is part of the Office suite installed as a separate app on the system?

One reason a link launched from a Firefox tab might not be diverted from a new window to a new tab is if the site specifies features for the window, such as width and height. To ALSO divert those to a tab, you need to make a setting change. For the sake of completeness, I'm going to show all three of these related preferences:

(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 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) <= Change to 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

This probably isn't relevant, but if -1 doesn't work, try 3

  • -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.

Also, I have a test page here: https://www.jeffersonscher.com/res/popit.html

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Hi jamesburbidgeking, is it Outlook on the web in a Firefox tab, or the Outlook that is part of the Office suite installed as a separate app on the system?

One reason a link launched from a Firefox tab might not be diverted from a new window to a new tab is if the site specifies features for the window, such as width and height. To ALSO divert those to a tab, you need to make a setting change. For the sake of completeness, I'm going to show all three of these related preferences:

(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 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) <= Change to 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

This probably isn't relevant, but if -1 doesn't work, try 3

  • -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.

Also, I have a test page here: https://www.jeffersonscher.com/res/popit.html

Success?

Hi jamesburbidgeking, is it Outlook on the web in a Firefox tab, or the Outlook that is part of the Office suite installed as a separate app on the system? One reason a link launched from a Firefox tab might not be diverted from a new window to a new tab is if the site specifies features for the window, such as width and height. To ALSO divert those to a tab, you need to make a setting change. For the sake of completeness, I'm going to show all three of these related preferences: (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 '''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) '''<= Change to 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'' ''This probably isn't relevant, but if ''-1'' doesn't work, try ''3 * -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. Also, I have a test page here: https://www.jeffersonscher.com/res/popit.html Success?
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