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Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

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Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

Within the last week, Firefox stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new (background) tab. I've found that there were problems like this with older versions of Firefox, but I have version 14.0.1. I do NOT have Greasemonkey, which apparently was a common cause of this problem. I DO have Tab Mix Plus, and I've uninstalled and reinstalled it, but it didn't fix the problem.

Also, right-clicking on a link and selecting "open link in new tab" doesn't work, but right-clicking on a link and selecting "open link in foreground tab" opens the link in a new (foreground) tab.

This is infuriating because I middle-click on links ALL the time. Please help! Smiley Sad

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New Contributor

Re: Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

This worked as a solution previously

Under Tabs mix plus

   1 Open the TMP options dialog
   2 Click on "Events" at the top of the dialog
   3 Click on the "Tab Opening" tab
   4 Select "Middle-click or Control-click opens items in current tab"
   5 Unselect "Middle-click or Control-click opens items in current tab"
   6vAt the bottom of the dialog, under the "Inverse Middle-click or Control-click focus of:" section, select "Links"
   7 Click the Apply button
   8 Click the Close button
   9 Middle-click on a link -- it will now open in a new tab
   10 Go back into the TMP options to the same place, unselect the "Links" option that you previously selected in step #6, then Apply and Close.
   11 Middle-click on a link -- it opens in a new tab
New Contributor

Re: Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

It didn't work Smiley Sad

New Contributor

Re: Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

I clicked that this was helpful but it is not the complete solution. The first time I tried to open a link after doing this sequence the link opened in another background tab as correct behavior. However, subsequent attempts all failed - no response at all. When I double middle clicked these same links they open in a new foreground tab.

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

New Contributor

Re: Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

Okay, it looks like there's some kind of incompatibility between Firefox 14.0 and Tab Mix Plus; I got rid of TMP and my middle-clicking problem is fixed. Thanks for your help.

Unfortunately, without TMP, my tabs are at the top of the window instead of the bottom, but that's a whole NEW problem....I'll start a new thread for that one....

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox recently stopped letting me middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.

You can try the latest TMP dev build to see if the issue is already solved.

Problems with TMP are best taken to the TMP forum.