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When I click to download multiple new tabs (600 +) opens up. How can I get this to stop?

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I am taking a class and when it tells me to download a file this happens

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You mean dozens of tabs just start opening on their own one after the other?

This can occur when Firefox is unable to handle the particular content type you are downloading, but at some point Firefox was designated as the application to open it.

Please see this article for more information and a potential fix: Firefox repeatedly opens empty tabs or windows after you click on a link.