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Double click in the empty tab bar space to open a new tab.

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  • Last reply by Yoav Niran

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I upgraded to Firefox 7 today, and now if I try to click in the empty space on the tab bar to the right of the current tabs I no longer get a new tab.

Is there a way to re-enable this feature?

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try this:

deselect “Tab Bar on top” in the “Toolbars Context Menu”

thank you

Please mark "Solved" the answer that really solve the problem, to help others with a similar problem.

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Well this does work, but I do want the tabs on top. So my issue is still not resolved. Any other ideas?

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I don't really see anything in the about:config that relates to this. It seems silly that I am forced to have the tab bar on the bottom to do this.

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Are you running Firefox in Maximized mode?

If you do then try to set the pref browser.tabs.drawInTitlebar to false on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

  • Use the Filter bar at to top of the about:config page to locate a preference more easily.
  • Preferences that have been modified show as bold (user set).
  • Preferences can be reset to the default via the right-click context menu if they are user set
  • Preferences can be changed via the right-click context menu: Modify (String or Integer) or Toggle (Boolean)
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You need to get used to a single click on the "+" (New Tab) sign. And maybe change your usage: - Add Google Search to your pinned tabs, so you can do all your searches from that tab(s) - Use middle-click instead of left-click to open links in a new tab

I very rarely need to open a new tab manually.

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cor-el: I am not using Firefox in maximized mode. I tried your suggestion, it did not work.

Chimel: I know about the + button, and I know about the middle-click (I use it all the time), and I know about pinning apps (which I do not use). However, I still use the double click method to open a new tab very often.

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

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Okay I tried that, and it performs the same in safe-mode, so it is not a problem on my end.

Modified by Kelp

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Found a new solution. You can now middle click in the blank space in the tab bar and it will open a new window.

No more need to double-click, but it's gonna be a tough habit to break...

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I noticed that this still worked last night as well. It is something that was there before, but it seems to be the only way now.

Modified by Kelp

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Sorry but this is annoying! I have been using Firefox for a long time and all of a sudden an update (7.0) stops the doubleclick in the tabs bar.

I have Firefox both at the office and at home. Strangely, at home I´ve got this problem but at the office I haven´t. I´ve got XP at the office and Vista at home.

And please don´t tell me to get used to the plus button or the mouse middle button.

Modified by BigAlexBlues

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Since I do not have the problem at the office, I tried to uninstall a persona that I used at home. Guess what? Now all the bars are black and I can't even restore the default theme.

The double click issue was not solved unfortunately....

Will the new update correct those issues?

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don't tell us to change our usage. we like this feature and want it back

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I have the same problem, having bought a new computer with Windows 7 on it. What I've found is that if I change the Windows desktop theme from Aero back to Windows Classic, the double-click for opening a tab works again. No need to change Firefox preferences. Since I prefer Windows Classic anyway, my problem is solved. But if anyone wants to investigate why Aero would handle double-clicks differently than Classic, feel free to let us know what you find.

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basically the only real solution i found (installing an extension is absurd to solve such a simple issue) was mentioned here:

you need to create a chrome folder under your firefox profile folder and add a file named userChrome.css.

in it paste this code:

  1. navigator-toolbox > #TabsToolbar {
-moz-binding: url("chrome://global/content/bindings/toolbar.xml#toolbar")

!important; }

restart firefox and your done. double-click now works as god intended it!