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When I open a new window, it opens behind the exist ing window instead of in front of it. How can I fix this?


When I click on a link and I choose the option to open link in a new window, it opens behind the currently open window instead of in front of it. This is a real nuisance. Why is this happening, and how do I fix it?

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

Firefox 13 update

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
  • Google Update
  • McAfee MSC FF plugin DLL
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.7.2 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.5.2"
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • RealNetworks(tm) RealPlayer Chrome Background Extension Plug-In
  • RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • RealPlayer Download Plugin
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version
  • 4.1.10329.0
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-In
  • DivX Plus Web Player version
  • Google Updater pluginhttp://pack.google.com/
  • SiteAdvisor
  • DivX VOD Helper Plug-in
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-In
  • Abacast Netscape Plugin
  • Rhapsody Player Engine Plugin


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1

More Information

I have gone through all the "Tools" menu options, and I have checked with the information in the "Help" data base. Nothing seems to be available as a solution to the problem.

JeanAustinR 2 solutions 48 answers

Hi alanbala,

There are several possible reasons why the new window opens in the background and not in the foreground by default.

  1. another installed program is causing this
  2. the Firefox main window is set to Always on Top
  3. probably a Windows 7 bug
  4. possibly a Firefox bug https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=790013

What you can do is

  1. update your Windows 7 to the latest security patches
  2. open Mozilla Firefox in Safe Mode (see KB article Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode)
  3. evaluate the other programs installed on your computer
  4. open new links on a new tab

Let us know your progress. I will be following this support thread.

Modified by JeanAustinR

earweed 0 solutions 1 answers

Go to Tools>Options>Tabs When I open a new link switch to it immediately>>checking this brings new tabbed page to front automatically

Question owner

I have had the correct Tools/Options boxes checked from the very beginning, but it makes absolutely no difference. The issue began happening after a prior Firefox update, probably almost two years ago by now, so I don't remember which one.