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too long right click menu is driving me crazy and costing me time

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There are only a few things that I need on right click. Open in New Tab, save image as, copy link, copy link location. Only rarely do I use the developer functions, so that over time I am accustomed to accessing the Developer Tools from the Tools tab on the main menu. The fact that many of these tools that I do not use are now on the right-click menu are causing me to make errors. I subscribe to an online newspaper that is the first item I read in the day. I go through the front page of the newspaper, I right click on articles I want to read in a new tab. I am so used to doing this efficiently from older versions of Firefox in which the right-click menu always opened where I right-clicked and therefore at the "open link in new tab" selection. Now, what happen is that I react by instinct and find myself clicking the middle of the menu and not the top. This results in errors that waste my time and cost me time and frustration.

Having read a few other problems that other people have had with updates of Firefox, I have to add my voice here. I realize that there are legitimate reasons to change some things - but these things are technical and deal with internet security - not style. It seems to me that constantly moving things around (like menu bars and the like) interrupts a user's accustomed work flows and therefore not a benefit.

It seems to me that there are two possible solutions: One is to make every aspect of user preferences editable by the user. For me, that means the main menu bar is on the top, followed by the tabs, and the right-click or context menus are editable by the user. The other solution is to create two Firefox browsers - one for the traditionalist (I'm 82) and a new browser called "Firefox Superuser".

For now, I'd just appreciate it if someone could tell me how I can get the stuff I don't use off the right-click menu.

I apologize for my grumpiness, I realize you're all volunteers. But, first thing in the morning, having to try to remember that the right click menu might not be opening with "open link in new tab" right next to my cursor is more than I can manage. I automatically click and at least 80% of the time, I'm clicking the wrong thing.

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I subscribe to an online newspaper that is the first item I read in the day. I go through the front page of the newspaper, I right click on articles I want to read in a new tab. I am so used to doing this efficiently from older versions of Firefox in which the right-click menu always opened where I right-clicked and therefore at the "open link in new tab" selection. Now, what happen is that I react by instinct and find myself clicking the middle of the menu and not the top.

On Windows, the menu opens just slightly offset to the right and down from the mouse pointer, but if there isn't room, it opens slightly offset to the right and up from the pointer. The pointer is never near the middle of the menu. I don't know what is causing the behavior on your Firefox unless the menu is not properly adapted to the context. What I mean is, the link context menu is different from the image context menu is different from the context menu for a blank area of the page.

Maybe there is a glitch in your Firefox where you are getting some odd menu mashup?

Meanwhile, if you are using the mouse in your right hand, you could consider right-clicking the link and tapping the T key with your left hand to open that link in a new tab. If you are trying to get through a list of links quickly, that is handy.

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You can use a file called userChrome.css. That may be within your capabilities since you mention using developer tools. You will need more information than the following links contain but they will give you an idea of what is involved: https://www.userchrome.org/how-create-userchrome-css.html https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS/comments/73dvty/tutorial_how_to_create_and_livedebug_userchromecss/

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bdjim said

I subscribe to an online newspaper that is the first item I read in the day. I go through the front page of the newspaper, I right click on articles I want to read in a new tab. I am so used to doing this efficiently from older versions of Firefox in which the right-click menu always opened where I right-clicked and therefore at the "open link in new tab" selection. Now, what happen is that I react by instinct and find myself clicking the middle of the menu and not the top.

On Windows, the menu opens just slightly offset to the right and down from the mouse pointer, but if there isn't room, it opens slightly offset to the right and up from the pointer. The pointer is never near the middle of the menu. I don't know what is causing the behavior on your Firefox unless the menu is not properly adapted to the context. What I mean is, the link context menu is different from the image context menu is different from the context menu for a blank area of the page.

Maybe there is a glitch in your Firefox where you are getting some odd menu mashup?

Meanwhile, if you are using the mouse in your right hand, you could consider right-clicking the link and tapping the T key with your left hand to open that link in a new tab. If you are trying to get through a list of links quickly, that is handy.

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Thank you both for your answers. I've chosen the shortcut Rightclick+T because its quick and easy and I can use it right way (in fact, I did. I have a whole line of tabs with articles just waiting for me to read.

The second answer requires some study but might be a permanent solution. So, I'm going to keep both solutions handy.

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