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Is it possible to get History URL's to automatically open in a new tab?

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I cannot believe they set it like the present way that overrides your existing page as the default. Its like they've never used the browser. Such a bonehead move. Its especially irritating when you've been writing up something, pouring your heart out, then have it whisked away by forgetting that the pinhead designer is going to deem your present page of negligible value and wipe it out as it carries you to the History link. And to think it hasn't been changed in years.

Maybe something in About:Config can override this idiocy? I searched for "history" but didn't see anything that seemed related to this.

Looked it up on Add-Ons but couldn't find anything.

By the way Mozilla, its really time to employ negative filtration in the Add-Ons search. So you can put in a very general term (because you don't want to eliminate possibilities by being specific) then filter out the inapplicable results. Its called a dash and its been used for decades by Ebay and Google. Amazon used to use it but it gave us too much power so that was snatched away a while back. Say you're looking for something that will control the History function. When you search for History almost all the results involve wiping/deleting it. So by using History -wipe -wiping -delete -deleting the results get more relevant to my needs. As they say, cast a wide net if you want to catch big fish. The size of the netting filters out the smaller fish caught.

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Note that you can find "Edit this question" under the "Question Tools" menu in the sidebar. For a reply, Edit is in the three dot menu next to a reply.


Unfortunately, there is no direct way to force opening a history link in a new tab like there is for a bookmark (you can't force this for a normal link as well). You will have to use a workaround like middle-clicking with the mouse wheel or the other ways you mentioned like holding the Ctrl key.

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I suppose I need to add that the question should say "automatically open in a new tab". I think every Firefox user from about age 3 knows you can Control_Click to open in a new tab or use the right click menu if you have time to waste.


Wow, I can't even edit my question and I wrote it 2 minutes ago!!! What kind of people manage this forum that they would remove the edit function? What could possibly be the point of that? This is our opportunity to remove errors. Who wants errors?

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Note that you can find "Edit this question" under the "Question Tools" menu in the sidebar. For a reply, Edit is in the three dot menu next to a reply.


Unfortunately, there is no direct way to force opening a history link in a new tab like there is for a bookmark (you can't force this for a normal link as well). You will have to use a workaround like middle-clicking with the mouse wheel or the other ways you mentioned like holding the Ctrl key.

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OK, thanks cor-el. Sorry to hear that though. Maybe they'll wake up later. I've edited the question. Don't know why I didn't see that before.

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