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How do I completely disable tabs?

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I do not use tabs and it's intrusive when they pop up all the time even though I have tried to disable them. I used to use the Tab Killer add-on ages ago but it's no longer current.

I don't use Firefox because of all the browsers, it's the only one where tabs just won't go away by fiddling with the settings, and I would desperately like to use an alternative browser that isn't attached to the less-than-honorable entity known as Google.

Chosen solution

I updated the maxVersion to 17.9 and installed it. But in my opinion, it some important parts of Firefox unusable. For example, I can't start FireFTP to upload files. But if you like it, hopefully it will work for you.

http://jeffersonscher.com/res/github_tabkiller-2.0.2009110201-versbump.xpi (download, then drag onto an open window to install)

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jscher2000
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Usually Firefox opens a new tab when a link is directed to a new window. To turn that off, you can uncheck the box under

Firefox > Preferences > Tabs > "Open new windows in a new tab instead"

Have you noticed new tabs appearing in other circumstances?

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Anything to do with the browser itself, opens a new tab. Such as the add-ons manager opens a new tab every time. Downloading an update always seems to have it return to the previous window when it restarts... then opens a blank tab.

It also happens occasionally when on the web too, it's almost as if Firefox forgets its not supposed to but does it anyway. I can't tell you when exactly because it's infrequent and I tend to avoid Firefox because of the "tab thing."

All I know is when I use Firefox, when I am done browsing I usually have 3, 4 tabs open.

I would also like to be able to open links into new windows, not new tabs. In the Mac if you hit command when clicking it opens a new tab. In Safari it opens a new window. In Firefox I have to do the right-click, scroll, select "open in new window." Maybe that's asking too much but I don't see why after I have disabled ALL the tab functions that particular function never changes.

Safari you set "open pages in tabs instead of windows" to "Never" in settings/preferences and that's it, you will never see another tab... ever.

jscher2000
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That's a good point about the Add-ons page and other browser-generated pages. I don't know whether those can be forced to a new window. Perhaps one of the tab-related extensions can do it?

Regarding opening links in a new window, try Shift+click instead of using the right-click menu method. I believe that should work on all platforms (I personally am only familiar with Windows).

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Regrettably no there's nothing that disables tabs out there except for the defunct Tab Killer that turned all new tabs into windows. All other add-ons instead enable tabs or add features to tabs, etc.

I use a Mac and the browser doesn't stupidly use the entire screen like in Windows, so I never saw the point, and their imposing themselves on me like in Firefox just makes me annoyed.

I have zero tolerance for apps that behave in a way that annoys me... but I would prefer to use Firefox if I could get around the tabs problem.

ideato
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hello ikaruseijin, see if it helps to make Tab killer enable again https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tab-killer/reviews/341416/

see also later versions of tab killer (later than 1.1.2007042501) : http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_tabkiller.html.en#focused-folding-item

thank you

jscher2000
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The author of Tab Killer has posted an updated version on github, but for some reason hasn't submitted it to the Mozilla Add-ons site. Not sure whether you want to experiment with extensions offered through unofficial channels, but here is the page with the link: http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_tabkiller.html.en (I haven't tried it myself).

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Yes he has, in 2009.

It hasn't been compatible with Firefox versions made since then.

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I am sorry ideato The methods described by the link you posted don't work on Mac. It throws an error. I tried that trick already... back in 2009

If someone with a Windows computer and is willing to edit the file appropriately, I would be willing to try it. Text edit corrupts the format, so does other popular code editing programs on Mac OS, like Text Wrangler.

I have tried it all, repeatedly. It simply cannot be done.

Modified by ikaruseijin

jscher2000
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Chosen Solution

I updated the maxVersion to 17.9 and installed it. But in my opinion, it some important parts of Firefox unusable. For example, I can't start FireFTP to upload files. But if you like it, hopefully it will work for you.

http://jeffersonscher.com/res/github_tabkiller-2.0.2009110201-versbump.xpi (download, then drag onto an open window to install)

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Thanks very much, I have installed it and so far so good. It behaves exactly like browsers did before tabs came along. Feels... liberating.

Now I can ditch Chrome for good. (I simply do not trust Google anymore.)

I use very few add-ons because I don't believe in cluttering up apps with extras. Just Facebook Disconnect, Google Disconnect and Twitter Disconnect, plus F.B Purity. However, if there is a conflict with any of them, I will reconsider my use of Tabkiller.

Christopher M 0 solutions 1 answers

Here is what I did

I installed the " Check compatibility 1.3" extention which basically disables the checking of if the app will work with FF 19

Then I went to

http://jeffersonscher.com/res/github_tabkiller-2.0.2009110201-versbump.xpi

now when you open this page up its going to be a bunch of JIBBERISH

go to FILE then SAVE AS then SAVE TYPE AS: all files

save it....

then open up the add ons and drag it to the add ons window and it installs and now when you click the + SIGN instead of a new tab opening it opens a new window in FF 19 ^_^

Enjoy!

Christopher

pps... when the app is installed make sure on TABKILLER you put when a new tab is called up... Open in new window option is checked.