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When I type in the address of a previous tab manually, it brings me back to the other tab.

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I went to a website which I need to look more than one thing up on, so I pressed ctrl+t to open a new tab, and started typing in the address. It filled it in for me from my history, I clicked it (to be as specific as possible, I clicked on the website it suggested me with in the drop-down menu from my history, like it does when you start typing in an address/keyword), and it just brought me back to the previous tab instead of loading the website in the new one I opened. I looked through my settings--both Tab-Mix Plus settings and Firefox settings--to see what could be causing this, if it was something I could enable/disable, but I didn't see anything. This is a really annoying feature and I would like to disable it. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but it's a really irritating thing to me... I guess I'm slightly obsessive-compulsive that way.

I know there are ways of getting around it, but, as I said, I find it really irritating and I'm stubborn. If there's a way to disable it I would really like to know.

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You can disable the switch to tab feature by using the Switch to Tab no more add-on - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/switch-to-tab-no-more

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I am not sure if the switch tab feature can be turned off. I did initially find it a minor irritation, but it does have the advantage if tabs scroll off screen that you are made aware of existing matching tabs, so I have come to see it as an improvement.

I have just tried with firefox4 to make sure and I am able to easily open multiple same tabs by for instance using Firefoxbutton -> history

There is along discussion thread in Mozilazine about this feature and how it interacts with auto-fill.

You can of course use the (windows) right click option from links on a webpage to open other related pages in a new tab. Also from the search bar or the location bar Alt + Enter will open that address in a new tab. And Control and drag with mouse on the tab will duplicate it.

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You can disable the switch to tab feature by using the Switch to Tab no more add-on - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/switch-to-tab-no-more

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Thank you for your reply. Yes, I knew about those ways, unfortunately I still find it irritating since I like to look up lots of information, so on sites like wikipedia and other wiki's, I sometimes like to open whatever-number-of-the-homepage I'll need to search for everything I want. Like I said... I understand there are other ways (perhaps easier) that achieve the same goal, but I'm a tad obsessive-compulsive about this I suppose. And I don't really like features like this sort of being forced on you with no way to shut them off... I guess it's sort of like assuming we can't keep track of our tabs ourselves. I just really think there should be a way to disable it for the people who don't wish to use it.

Not that I don't like Firefox 4 overall (I really do like it for the most part)... but this is just irritating to me :P

I guess I'll have to deal though.

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Thank you @TonyE!

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