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Need to open a new tab when using address bar or search bar

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When I use the address bar or search bar to search it displays the website in the last tab that's opened instead of opening a new tab, if I use a bookmark it opens a new tab but not when i use the address or search bar do you know how to fix this?

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yes!!!!! Here are the instructions to fix this: To configure the new action, type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. You may be prompted to okay that you understand the "dangers" of using about:config. Once in the tool, type browser.search.openintab in the about:config search bar. The entry for openintab should appear and be set to false. To change that, double-click the entry, and it should shift to true. That's it. You can close about:config, and the next time you use the search bar, the results will open in a new tab, instead of your current working tab.

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For bookmarks there is a pref on the about:config page to force opening a new tab for a bookmark.

  • browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInTabs = true

For opening via the location bar you will have to force a new tab yourself as the default is opening in the current type. You can press "Alt+Enter" or middle-click the Go button with the mouse wheel.

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I have a Logitech M705 mouse and windows 10 when I press the wheel it doesn't open a new tab it only operates the scroll, the ALT+Enter works perfectly but I would rather have a mouse that does it when I click the wheel or middle button. Is there a new mouse I can buy that will do this? I have downloaded a new driver and firmware for it already same results and device manager doesn't let me assign the wheel or middle button

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Make sure you set the default action for the mouse wheel in the Logitech mouse driver settings as Logitech usually uses a special action that Firefox doesn't recognize. You can also try the default MS Windows mouse driver.

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There isn't a setting in the device driver setting for the wheel unfortunately I've checked there maybe I should buy a new mouse and see if it works

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Do you know of a specific mouse that I can buy that will work? Logitech M585 or M720 maybe?

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i still have my Windows 7 PC running and when I use the search bar hitting enter opens a new window! I checked my firefox settings and they all match but this new Windows 10 PC doesn't do the same, any ideas?

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Open the about:config page and set both browser.urlbar.openintab and browser.search.openintab to true.

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yes!!!!! Here are the instructions to fix this: To configure the new action, type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. You may be prompted to okay that you understand the "dangers" of using about:config. Once in the tool, type browser.search.openintab in the about:config search bar. The entry for openintab should appear and be set to false. To change that, double-click the entry, and it should shift to true. That's it. You can close about:config, and the next time you use the search bar, the results will open in a new tab, instead of your current working tab.

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