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Navigating Bookmarks in Firefox


In Internet Explorer, the Favourites bar has little arrows next to each entry that allow you to open new tabs without having to left click. I can't seem to find anything like this for Bookmarks in Firefox. Sorry for posting this question, but I've searched your FAQ with no success.

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Middle-click on a bookmark will have it open in a new tab.

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Just hold CTRL and click the bookmark, it would open in a new tab.

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Holding CTRL isn't a solution. If anything, it's more inconvenient than right-clicking.

The beauty of the arrows on Internet Explorer, is that you can just hover over a link and open a new tab with a left-click. It's a very convenient way of going through bookmarks and opening them without right-clicking or pressing a key.

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Middle-click on a bookmark will have it open in a new tab.

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Thanks, that's very helpful. Although I note middle-clicking automatically takes you to the new tab, whereas Internet Explorer's arrows allow you to open new tabs in the background as it were.

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Middle-click (press the mouse wheel) on the link or bookmark will open the page in a new tab.


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Tools > Options > Tabs:

[ ] "When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately"

Note that pressing the Shift key toggles while clicking a link opening in the background (Shift + left-click opens a new window). That applies to Shift + middle-click and Shift + Ctrl + left-click and context menu entries that would open in the current tab (e.g. View Image).