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Can I get links to automatically open in a new tab just by clicking on them?


I've selected the option to: "Open new windows in new tab instead" from the options menu. For some time this seemed to open any link I clicked on in a new tab. For some reason this feature is no longer working and new links clicked on simply overwrites the current tab with the new page. I liked the feature of having links open automatically in new tabs. The option remains selected but it does not seem to be working.

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

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TXGuy 87 solutions 861 answers

Standard Firefox behavior is left-click will open a link or bookmark in the currently selected tab, over-writing whatever is in that tab. The definition for the option "Open new windows in a new tab instead" is:

Open new windows in a new tab instead: This option preference controls whether ~~red:links from other applications~~ ~~blue:or from web pages which request to open them in new windows~~ are opened in a new window or a new tab in the most recent window.

See: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Options+window+-+Tabs+panel

A middle-click on a link or bookmark will open in a new tab (middle-click = press the scroll wheel). Ctrl+left-click will also open a link or bookmark in a new tab.

See: http://www.mouserunner.com/FF_Shortcuts1Printable.html

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vegalisa 0 solutions 3 answers

I have done exactly what it says in the instruction. The box Open new tabs instead of new windows is checked. See the enclosed screenshot-

It still persists in overriding the old window instead.

This is extremely irritating! I know I can open in a new tab by rightclicking, but I don't want to have to do that, I want it to be automatic.

Especiallay when the box that is supposed to make it is checked. It obviously doesn't work as intended

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To vegalisa:

When you posted a reply to this thread recently, you were replying to a question that was asked and answered over two years ago.

This thread was locked because of a new feature just added to the Support Forum, that automatically locks a thread if it was originally created over 180 days in the past.

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