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Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

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  • Last reply by Mayank_id

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In FF 3.x two commands: "open in window" and "open in new tab" have got just this order. But - I don't know why - in FF 4.x the order is reversed. Every time when I click right button of my mouse and select the second option - where in FF 3.x I've got "open in new tab" I can see web site in a new window, not in a new tab.

How can I change it? I tried editor menu and I edited userchrome.css, but it's not working or I don't know how to change it. Without it I must uninstall FF 4.x because it's unusable.

In FF 3.x two commands: "open in window" and "open in new tab" have got just this order. But - I don't know why - in FF 4.x the order is reversed. Every time when I click right button of my mouse and select the second option - where in FF 3.x I've got "open in new tab" I can see web site in a new window, not in a new tab. How can I change it? I tried editor menu and I edited userchrome.css, but it's not working or I don't know how to change it. Without it I must uninstall FF 4.x because it's unusable.

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Well, you can at least move the Refresh/Stop and Home buttons back to their original position. Just right click>Customize>Drag 'em.

The right click b/s though, this is annoying. Everyone who already uses New Tabs are being punished for having used tabs for years. And for what? So more will use it in the future? Pssh, that's a lame reason to make it hard for all those who are already used to it.

It's second nature to all of us, so why would they change it? It's ridiculous. It's like if someone goes into your home and then rearranges all the things that you've had in a certain place for years. Like switching around your sock and underwear drawer. Moving fruit to another bin in your fridge.

We instinctively go to the original place, why would you change it? The only thing their change has done is make me use more windows than ever. I end up with at least 3 windows open because I forget that I've opened one after awhile. It's stupid.

They have to fix this and a 3rd party add-on is not fixing it. This is a problem they caused, that they should fix. Messing with long time users' habits is just slapping us in the face. Firefox 4 is otherwise perfect, but this is something I can't get used to.

Modified by Elvick

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You can also do this with code in userChrome.css

Add code to userChrome.css below the @namespace line.

@namespace url(""); /* only needed once */

#contentAreaContextMenu > * { -moz-box-ordinal-group: 2; }
#context-openlink { -moz-box-ordinal-group: 1 !important; }
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I also ran into this problem. I have to agree that it is a stupid change because it's like remapping shortcuts that users have been used to for so long. For all those users who've been used to clicking the 2nd option ends up opening new windows when the goal of reversing the order is to promote tabbing. How ironic!

A friend informed me of a better solution. Instead of using the right-click context menu, you can click the link with the wheel or middle button and it'll open up in a new tab! You save a click!

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I've been a supporter for Firefox for a longtime. The new tab option has been second in line for a long long time. This change has caused a lot of issues for us as users started calling the help desk complaining about opening just windows instead of tabs.

Please move this back; for an organization that uses FF as a default for their desktop builds this has been a support nightmare.

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It's REALLY ANNOYING. You would normally think there's a configuration option in about:config, but there isn't one. Now I have Firefox 4 at home and 3 at work, how annoying it can get?! Why I cannot have "look and feel" of previous Firefox I'm used to? It's even possible with MS Windows!

How come that developers don't understand people want things they like to remain the same? I do right click-second option thousands of times.

I you don't fix that I swear I will switch back to IE, after 8 years!!!!

Modified by Daniel.N

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Dear Firefox / Mozilla, Thanks for doing this stupid change. You won my hate and i'm going to remove firefox from my system forever. We had a very long history but... you know... it's not you, it's me.. it's me and my f#ckin' behavior...

take care.

Ps: Don't tell me about some stupid add-on to change menu. Because i don't care.

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Considering every other browser has the open in new tab as the second option, going against the grain like this boarders on insanity. As mentioned, user config's do not work as a solution for work/public systems.

Dropping FF4, evaluating other browsers (even, dare I say it, IE, chrome and safari are the real contenders as they are cross platform). As for cost, they are all free, so that argument does not work.

This was a very bad move as it totally disrespects the users.

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I registered just to complain about it. Ever since i installed FF4 i find myself opening new windows all the time because of this, it's annoying as hell and surely can't promote the use of tabs. I wonder how many people are annoyed with it on a daily basis and don't go through the hassle of registering to complain, my bet, quite many.

Please move it back.

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You can use this code to change the order in the context menu and in the Places context menu. Should work in the Library and Bookmarks Toolbar and Bookmark sidebar.

Add code to userChrome.css below the default @namespace line.

The customization files userChrome.css (interface) and userContent.css (websites) are located in the chrome folder in the user profile folder.

@namespace url(""); /* only needed once */

#contentAreaContextMenu > * {-moz-box-ordinal-group:2;}
#context-openlink {-moz-box-ordinal-group:1!important;}

#placesContext > * {-moz-box-ordinal-group:4;}
#placesContext_open\:newwindow {-moz-box-ordinal-group:1!important;}
#placesContext_open\:newtab {-moz-box-ordinal-group:2!important;}
#placesContext_open {-moz-box-ordinal-group:3!important;}

Modified by cor-el

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edit the userchrome.css. works perfect, no add-on.

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@ everybody who searches the chrome-folder in win7:


here you edit the userchrome-example.css as described above, and save as userchrome.css ->the issue is fixed.

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@tymofiy -- Thank you, thank you, thank you for this fix. The Menu Editor did not work for me at all. It made my right-click menu disappear entirely. I had to fully remove it from FF4. Your UserStyle solution seems to have done the trick.

Modified by i1patrick

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I'm surprised at how angry and frustrated this relatively small change made me.

My Firefox browser, which I have for years encouraged others to use, is suddenly a pop-up generator. I suppose I should blame my muscle memory. It's clearly my fault for loyally using Firefox for as long as I have that I seem to automatically know the exact right-click motion to open a link in a new tab. Or at least I did in ALL the previous Firefox versions. But no more.

Whoever it was at Mozilla who approved this change needs to rethink the old career path. It's a very simple rule. Don't abandon years (YEARS!) of user-experience with your interface for ANY REASON. It's shocking that otherwise well-organized companies (best other example is Microsoft with their shoving the ribbon interface down everyone's throat) can extend such a fundamental and obvious middle-finger to their established fans and users.

This is along the lines of suddenly making CTRL-C do the PASTE function and CTRL-V do the COPY function. It really doesn't matter WHY you might want to make the change (you might even have what you think is a good reason). But it does not matter. You're simply going to piss a LOT of of your long-term users off for making it.

I'm not usually one to be insulting (sarcastic, yes, but not directly insulting), but this decision was just stupid. Very, very stupid. There's really no excuse.

Modified by i1patrick

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Add me to the ranks of those that hate this new change. I've always done tabbed browsing, but, this change has had me opening new windows all the time. VERY annoying!!! Change it back!

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Were you just sitting around one day as devs and thought to yourselves, how can we be annoying and stupid at the same time. IT came to you. duhhh dahhhh

I know let us reverse open in background tab and open in foreground tab so that open in new tab now opens in a back ground tab and lets add an option called open in foreground tab that used to be the open in new tab option. This will realy mess with people.

Then someone else said, you know what would go well with reversing the right context menu options, removing the status bar entirely, brilliant, i love the idea.

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Can I just say that I am, ironically, writing this messsage from a new window instead of a tab. This is one of the first times I've not used a new tab in a long, long time. It is purely because I am so sick of automatically going to where the new tab selection used to be that I can be no longer bothered to fight against it.

I also registered just to write this reply.

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This is a totally senseless change that only flusters users that use right click to browse. I use both tab browsing and new windows and never had a problem opening tabs when it was in the second spot. It was habit and i could do either instinctively. But now i get the opposite one every time no matter what one I am trying to get and it is very annoying.

Modified by amadman

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I signed up just for the sole purpose of complaining about this very issue! From force of habit I go to where "open link in new tab" should be, but instead get a new window. I HATE IT!

At least I was able to move my reload button back to where it should be, and get my menu bar back. After you put the "open in the tab/window" thing right, fix the buttons for new tab, new window, cut, copy, paste, etc.. They are so dark now!

But anyway, the "open link in new tab/window" switch is highly annoying!!!!!

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BTW where the hell is my status bar??????????????????? Just way too much has changed all at once! Almost as bad as the more recent versions of WMP as compared to the older ones. I think I'm going to uninstall this new Firefox until it gets fixed, and reinstall an older version!

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