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How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

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How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

The add-on extension "NewTabURL" (by "sogame") provided the option I want and used for a number of years. But it stopped working when Firefox was updated to version 16.0. When I click for a new tab, all I get is a completely blank tab. How can I automatically have the new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

Can the extension "NewTabURL" be revised to work in version 16 and/or version 17? If not, how else can I get the new tab functionality that I desire? I can't seem to find any other extension that provides that functionality.

Milt Beychok

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

Yes, trackballs are always a problem as they do not have three mouse buttons and you can't middle click.

You can still try to click the "Restore Default Set" button in the Customize window if you want to have all toolbar buttons in the default positions.

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

You can middle-click the combined reload/stop button on the right hand side of the location bar to open a copy of the current page in a new tab.
You do not need an extension for this.

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

Thanks for your help, Cor-el. Just a few comments:

(1) My normal mouse functions are click, double click, right click and drag. I managed to program the mouse so that control-click sends a middle click message.

(2) Your method is not as simple as was the NewTabURL extension. All that required was to click on the + icon at the right-hand side of the tab strip.

(3) On my FF browser, the combined reload /stop button is on the left-hand side of the location bar rather than on the right-hand side as per your posting.

Thanks very much again,

Milton Beychok

P.S.: I still hope that someone will revise NewTabURL so that it will work on FF 16 and FF17.

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

Maybe time to get a new mouse with a scroll wheel as such a mouse is really very handy these days.

Sounds that you've once customized the Navigation Toolbar and has moved the stop and reload button from their default position to the left hand side of the location bar or you are using a theme or extension that did this.

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

Cor-el, thanks again for your help. I use a track-ball mouse (Kensington Expert Mouse USB/PS2) which has a scroll wheel as well ... but which I rarely have a need for.

As for my NavBar, to the best of my memory, I have never customized it.

Milt Beychok

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

Yes, trackballs are always a problem as they do not have three mouse buttons and you can't middle click.

You can still try to click the "Restore Default Set" button in the Customize window if you want to have all toolbar buttons in the default positions.

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Re: How can I automatically have a new tab always be a copy of the current active tab?

My trackball has 4 buttons and a scroll wheel. Each of the 4 buttons is programmable. The 4 buttons are normally pre-programmed for single-click, double-click, drag and right-click by simply pressing on them

Each of the 4 buttons may be programmed to also have other functions. For example, I programmed "control/single-click" to produce a middle click. I could also have used "shift/single-click" or "alt/single-click" to produce the middle-click. Or I could have similarly programmed double-click or drag or right-click. The Kensington Expert Mouse is quite versatile ... once you get the hang of programming it.

I have had it for about 4 years and I had never had the need to program one of them until you told me about using a middle-click.

Milt Beychok