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Why won't my Firefox open new tabs?

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My Firefox will only open new tabs if I click a link, which opens up another page.

It won't work if I click: - New Tab under File - the "+" button next to my present tab - ctrl+T - etc.

None of this works.

My Firefox will only open new tabs if I click a link, which opens up another page. It won't work if I click: - New Tab under File - the "+" button next to my present tab - ctrl+T - etc. None of this works.

Chosen solution

Uninstall the Ask toolbar and it should work again. There is a compatibility issue with the Ask toolbar and Firefox that prevents new tabs from being opened.

There are a couple of places to check for the Ask toolbar:

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Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

a few months ago.

Installed Plug-ins

  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Default Plug-in
  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r153
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_23 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.60129.0
  • NPWLPG
  • Version 1.1.5, copyright 1996-2010 The VideoLAN Teamhttp://www.videolan.org/
  • WildTangent Games App Presence Detector

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.16) Gecko/20110319 AskTbFWV5/3.11.3.15590 Firefox/3.6.16

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
3.6.16
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Installed Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
New Tab Homepage
0.4.3
true
{66E978CD-981F-47DF-AC42-E3CF417C1467}
Java Console
6.0.23
true
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0023-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Ask Toolbar
3.11.3.15590
true
toolbar@ask.com
Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.places.importBookmarksHTML
false
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage
www.google.ca
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:1.9.2.16
extensions.lastAppVersion
3.6.16
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.last_vacuum
1298518707
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false

TonyE
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Chosen Solution

Uninstall the Ask toolbar and it should work again. There is a compatibility issue with the Ask toolbar and Firefox that prevents new tabs from being opened.

There are a couple of places to check for the Ask toolbar:

Uninstall the Ask toolbar and it should work again. There is a compatibility issue with the Ask toolbar and Firefox that prevents new tabs from being opened. There are a couple of places to check for the Ask toolbar: * Check the Windows Control panel for the Ask Toolbar - http://about.ask.com/apn/toolbar/docs/default/faq/en/ff/index.html#na4 * Also check your list of extensions, you may be able to uninstall it from there - https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Uninstalling+add-ons

Helpful Reply

It's working again! Thanks so much!

It's working again! Thanks so much!
bpursey 0 solutions 1 answers

Perfect, pity allowing access via valid userID and password was not as good, had to build a new registration as would not recognize the exiting

Perfect, pity allowing access via valid userID and password was not as good, had to build a new registration as would not recognize the exiting