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Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

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Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

In FF 3.x two commands: "open in window" and "open in new tab" have got just this order. But - I don't know why - in FF 4.x the order is reversed. Every time when I click right button of my mouse and select the second option - where in FF 3.x I've got "open in new tab" I can see web site in a new window, not in a new tab.

How can I change it? I tried editor menu and I edited userchrome.css, but it's not working or I don't know how to change it. Without it I must uninstall FF 4.x because it's unusable.

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Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

That was an intentional change to promote the use of tabbed browsing.

The version of the Menu Editor extension of the Mozilla add-ons site is not compatible with Firefox 4, but the developer has made a version that works on Firefox 4 that can be used to re-arrange menu items, available from http://menueditor.mozdev.org

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Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

I know just this type of explanation - this type of explanation is given by Microsoft in theirs software - They force me to use new type of interfaces just like ribbons that I hate.

Maybe Firefox should promote the use of right mouse button rather than left mouse button? Or black and white interface? There are too many colors.

Ok, I'll try to use menueditor from your link - if it will work then I will use FF4 beta. If in final version this type of configuration (reversed order) will be present then... I will not use FF4 - I'll stay with FF3 and other type of browsers.

Now, when I try to open new websites I always click "open in new window". And in every case I curse.

I hate ribbons, I hate "open in new tab" too. I use Polish version of FF3/4.

Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

I agree with micra, that is the stupid thing that forces some people to use WinXP or MSOffice with later versions than 2007. Of course one day these things come to be standards, but we are here to change the standards, no? I don´t think that is a good idea make people change their habits, everybody that use new tab by the pop-menu don´t read the text, just click it. It's like to install something in chinese, you don´t need to read.. you know that buttons are next, next and finish...lol.

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Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

This code in userChrome.css will move "Open Link in New Window" to the top of the context menu.

@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* only needed once */
#contentAreaContextMenu > * { -moz-box-ordinal-group: 2; }
#context-openlink { -moz-box-ordinal-group: 1 !important; }

New User

Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

I must say, it is, for me, a very bad choice by the developers to change the order, it makes firefox a pop-up generator, as each time I try to open a new tab I create a new window instead. This is a step backwards.

This will cause me to change browser if I need to switch of ff3.x

New User

Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

Menu Editor 1.2.7 works for me in firefox 4. It's a great add on.I just don't use two thirds of the stuff in the context tools and view menus. You can have just what you want in any order you want.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/menu-editor/

New User

Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

This indeed is annoying as hell. Normally I right-click-move-left-click blindly to open the link in a new tab. Now every time I try to open a link in a new tab I open a whole new window. Just to give an example to the extent of the problem, in the last 5 minutes I had to manually close an unwanted new window, then search again for the link I wanted to open in a new tab, watch the context menu to form and consciously click the correct option over 30 times. Yes, in a normal browsing session I can open new content that often and, yes my brain is that much used in automating this user interaction pattern as efficiently as possible. The only thing I want to know now if there is any likely possibility this will be reversed to the old situation. Because if it is, I don't want to go through an extensive learning curve twice for which is arguably the most used user interaction pattern in the firefox web browser.

The menu-editor plugin seems to be a nice solution... unless, as me you often use firefox on various computers which may not always be ones who have your personal profile/have the profile loaded of another user (like when instructing/in support situations/etc) and may not contain an installation of Firefox 4 (yet)...

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Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

Sorry to hijack a support thread, but i found the solution posted by cor-el to work perfectly.

Does anyone know how to do the same for the rightclick menu when clicking a bookmark, as these seem to be reversed aswell. Leading to me opened bookmarked links in a new window, rather than a new tab.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Context menu - why "open in new window" is second and "open in new tab" is the first? In FF3.x there is reversed.

Hello. I packed solution above into a userstyle, and also fixed the order of context menu items for bookmark rightclick. Hope you find it useful.

http://userstyles.org/styles/45564