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How can I bring back the old behavior of the Search Bar where search results are opened in the current tab?

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Up until recently if you had the discrete Search Bar turned on and used it to do a search, the results were displayed in the currently open tab, overwriting the previous contents of it.

At least since v78 (but maybe even since earlier) this changed. Now if you do a search like that, Firefox opens a new tab and jumps to it.

For me, the original behavior is what I got used to, and that is the desired one because I want to avoid tab clutter. How can I bring it back?

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I don't think that it's a default behaviour. Enter about:config in the URL bar and set browser.search.openintab = false.

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I don't think that it's a default behaviour. Enter about:config in the URL bar and set browser.search.openintab = false.

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Thank you @TyDraniu, that fixed it! I didn't even have to restart the browser. For Waterfox G3.0.2 (based on Gecko 78.6.0) "true" seems to be the default value.

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Thank you @TyDraniu, that fixed it! I didn't even have to restart the browser. For Waterfox G3.0.2 (based on Gecko 78.6.0) "true" seems to be the default value.

I'm sure they've changed several other things as well...

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