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How to stop opening links in new tabs

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Whenever I do an internet search on Firefox, clicking a link will open it in a new tab. This annoys me as I soon get multiple tabs open that i need to go and close. How can I change this so clicking a link opens it in the same tab?

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Changing the following setting in about:config to 'false' may achieve that: browser.search.openintab I say 'may' because 'false' is the default value. Otherwise there is an add-on that allows you to do that: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stay-current/ You can also right-click and select "Open link in new tab".

Modified by TerryN21

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The add-on works if I right click the link and select "open link in current tab", but it looks like the default is still opening it in a new one. Is there a way to change that?

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Did you look at the setting in about:config?

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Yeah that was already set to false, switching it didn't do anything either.

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For Google you can set this in the Google search settings (Where results open). Other search engines may also have a similar setting. Firefox can divert the new window to a tab via Options/Preferences.

For links that specify a target window there are prefs on the about:config page.

Normal Links:

  • browser.link.open_newwindow
    1:current tab; 2:new window; 3:new tab;

JavaScript Links:

  • browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction
    0:divert always; 1:divert never; 2:divert no features

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