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Why does a new tab (middle click) in a new window open in the original window?

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In FF 4 Beta 11 I open a new window, middle click a link in the new window, but the new tab opens on the original window.

Why doesn't it open in the new window?

Are there settings to alter this behaviour?

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Something already has altered the default Firefox behavior. A new tab should open in the same window, not the "original" or a different window.

Do you have that problem when running in the Firefox SafeMode?
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Safe+Mode
Don't select anything right now, just use "Continue in SafeMode."

If not, see this:
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/troubleshooting+extensions+and+theme...

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the-edmeister
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Chosen Solution

Something already has altered the default Firefox behavior. A new tab should open in the same window, not the "original" or a different window.

Do you have that problem when running in the Firefox SafeMode?
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Safe+Mode
Don't select anything right now, just use "Continue in SafeMode."

If not, see this:
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/troubleshooting+extensions+and+theme...

Question owner

Thanks. Works as normal in safe mode.

I've had a fiddle with my add-ons and managed to sort the problem.

the-edmeister
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You're welcome, please mark the thread as Solved.

Karasu 0 solutions 2 answers

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In 4.0 stable this problem still occurs. I have restarted in safe mode and all new tabs (middle click or right click new tab) open in the original window.

TRR 0 solutions 1 answers

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Yes..In firefox4.0 this prob still occurs....clicking on 'open Link in New Tab ' opens the link in a new firefox window

prowla 0 solutions 6 answers

Is there a fix to this? I have just upgraded to FF 4 and if I middle-click on a URL in a window it will open a tab in its parent window and change focus to that window too (bringing back the parent window if it was minimised). FF is near unusable like this.