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Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

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Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. When I click a link, I just want to go there, not open a new tab. This slows my computer, but I can't find an option to fix it in the tools.

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Coding on webpages usually determines whether a hyperlink will open in the same window or a new window. There's a preference in Firefox that allows the user to have new windows diverted to a new tab instead. So if those pages are meant to open in a new window, your choices are the new window or a new tab. There is no preference to have all hyperlinks open in the same window /tab.

Just to make sure that something you added to Firefox hasn't changed the default actons for hyperlinks, why not try the Firefox SafeMode and see id that changes the action from those hyperlinks.
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Safe+Mode

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

This problem is in reference to links that should direct the browser. These same links functioned correctly in FireFox 3.6.8 and still work right in IE. I would much rather use FireFox, so if you could help solve this, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Did you have that problem when you had the Firefox SafeMode running?

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Yes, this problem is exactly the same when I use the safe mode.

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

I guess this means I'll have to use a different browser or have a bunch of unwanted tabs. It's been a while since I heard anything about this. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Had this same problem and found a solution way down on Google's responses to 'firefox opens a new window everytime'. The key was that it wasn't an issue of where NEW pages were opening, but that any link, even a redirection, was opening a new page. Don't know if Mozilla let's me link to another page in these responses, so I'll cut and paste part of the solution I found. Worked perfectly for me.

"Occasionally, Windows will miss a "change of state" on one of the "state shift" keys. The SHIFT, CTRL, and ALT keys are all "state shift" keys (and so, actually, is the CAPS LOCK).

In order for them to function as expected, Windows has to "see" them go down (key press) and "see" them go up (key release). This is the responsibility of the keyboard driver, a low-level chunk of code that sits and stares at switches and barks when stuff happens. Occasionally, in the course of its busy life, Windows won't hear the driver code "bark" and it will miss a change of state, and will continue to believe that one of the shifting keys is still down when it has actually been released.

So you will suddenly get mouse clicks that do weird things. Key presses will have unexpected effects. So, I have found a quick remedy for this, which pretty much works all the time. Mostly. I call it "the shift keys dance."

I will tap each of the shifted state keys and release it. Both ends of the keyboard. Can be done a couple of times for good measure. It's quick: tap, tap, tap, . . . tap, tap, tap, . . . tap, tap. Repeat as needed. "

So, not a Firefox issue but certainly shows up as one.

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

This problem sucks and I have no idea what causes it, BUT I do know the steps I took and one of them fixed it, pretty simple. I reinstalled Firefox but the problem continued, I then clicked the Firefox button(Firefox 4, though I'm sure this choice is somewhere) and clicked help, the option to restart Firefox with add-ons disabled (I thought it was ad-block, it wasn't) comes up. When you do this you will have the option of restoring Firefox to all the default settings, do that, once I did that the problem was resolved, there is probably an easier way of getting to the default settings option but that's how I got there. I don't know what setting was reset to fix this issue and most people seem to misunderstand the problem, but there you have it. Hope it works!

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Go to tools/options,/general, restore homepage to default, worked for me. :0)

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Re: Firefox opens a new tab every time I click a link. I just want the browser to go there, but can't find an option to fix that. Help.

Hey kc8384 thanks for the fix you were completely right i actually came to the same conclusion about 5 mins earlier guess i didn't have the "tap, tap, tap, . . . tap, tap, tap, . . . tap, tap." down yet hahaha. Anyways thanks again peace