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Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

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Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

Just started with this problem, when I open a new window which is my preference rather than Tabs I find that whereas it used to open the new window and that was active, it is now opening a new window and then reverting to the original one.

Any ideas?

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Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

That's such an strange problem. I didn't understand it at all. Do you mean that when you choose to open a new window, Firefox opens it and closes it again inmediately?

Anyway, the problem may be caused by an add-on. Try the Firefox Safe Mode to see how it works there. The Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode, which disables most add-ons.

(If you're not using it, switch to the Default theme.)

  • You can open the Firefox 4.0+ Safe Mode by holding the Shift key when you use the Firefox desktop or Start menu shortcut.
  • Or use the Help menu item and click on the Restart with Add-ons Disabled... menu item while Firefox is running.

Don't select anything right now, just use "Continue in Safe Mode." To exit the Firefox Safe Mode, just close Firefox and wait a few seconds before using the Firefox shortcut (without the Shift key) to open it again. If it is good in the Firefox Safe Mode, your problem is probably caused by an extension, and you need to figure out which one.

Please follow the Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems article for that.

When you figure out what's causing your issues, please let us know. It might help other users who have the same problem.

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

You you mean that the new window stays open, but that the focus switches to the (parent) window from which you opened that new window?

How do you open the new window?

With a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+N) or via a menu (Firefox > New Tab > New Window)?

New Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

I've tried starting Firefox in safe mode, but the problem is still there. I noticed it after an update to iGoogle, and this is where most of the problems happen, when opening (in a new window using the mouse) news stories. It also happens when I left click on a link directly which also opens in a new window.

I notice this happens for new windows where there is some other activity (e.g. a flash item)

New Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

I'm getting the same issue, and it's very annoying.

Should I reinstall the browser with the previous version until this bug is fixed?

New Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

Well, I have the same problem BUT it only happens when FF first launched. Subsequent launching of websites from right click menu works properly and don't stick to old window. Has anybody got this behavior?

Regular Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

Are all of you sure this is a Firefox issue and not a site concrete issue? I think you're trying to tell us Firefox did that on iGoogle . Please try the following. Open Notepad and type the HTML code I attach on Pastebin:

Paste HTML code from RAW Paste Data on this page.

Save the file as link.html. Open it on Firefox and click the "Click" link. It should work as expected.

When you figure out what's causing your issues, please let us know. It might help other users who have the same problem.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

Hi, I'm sure it is add-on related as if I start FF w/o any add-on and the behavior disappears. Enable all my add-on's and the problem came back. Now I have to diag which one of them is the problem. I have the follow add-on:

Ad-Block Plus 2.1.2 Ad-Block Plus Popup addon 0.4 Certificate patrol 2.0.14 Download Helper 4.19.10 Evernote web-clipper 5.1.0.252437 Lastpass 2.0.0 Logitech device detection 1.24.0.9 McAfee Siteadvisor 3.5.0 New Tab Homepage 0.4.3 Noscript 2.5.5 No squint 2.1.6 Re-load 13.0.0 Skype click to call 6.2.0.10687

Anybody see a pattern here? BTW, it isn't New Tab Homepage as i disabled it and still have the same result.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

I have this problem as well. The only extension I have is McAfee Scriptscan. Could it be a plug-in rather than an Add-on?

New Contributor

Re: Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

I have siteadvisor from mcafee and disabling it doesn't solve the problem. it is not life and death and very annoying! btw, do you have a logitech mouse and installed their software?