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Why does ctrl+Left click a link open a new window? It should open a new tab in the current window.


When I try to Ctrl+Left click to open a link in a new tab, it will open it in a new window instead. Then while in the new window if I Ctrl+Left click a link it will open a new tab in the second window. If I then go back to the first Firefox window and Ctrl+Left click a link the second firefox window will pop up and the new tab will be created there. Why won't the Ctrl+Left click work when only one window is open?

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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox (Tools) > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

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I started in safe mode, and the Ctrl+left click worked like it was supposed to, only opening the new tab in the current window. I made no changes at all, then restarted Firefox in normal mode, and Ctrl+left click is still working like normal. Not sure if something I did fixed it or not.

RaZoR 3 solutions 20 answers

Its is most likely a plug-in interference. Or you pressed shift instead of control.