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How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Whenever I click a link, it opens in a new tab. This just started almost a week ago, but I didn't change any settings or click anything--it just started doing it by itself. It is extremely irritating, because it just increases the number of tabs I have.

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New User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Did you try to reset Firefox? You can do this by going to "Help">"Troubleshooting Information", and there should be a button near the top right.

New User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Okay, so I tried that, but it didn't work. Any other suggestions?

New User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Could something be causing your Control button from being in a "on" or "stuck" position? And when is the last time you have restarted your PC? Sometimes a reboot helps, but if the Ctrl button was like that you would probably be experiencing problems in other programs too. If you are sure the button isn't in a "stuck on" position and a reboot didn't work I have no idea what is going on but contact me again and I will try to get your problems resolved.

Expert User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Hi Hannah,

I have something like that happen to me sometimes, but I'm not sure it's the same issue that you're experiencing.

My wireless keyboard sometimes has connection problem and acts like the "Ctrl" key is constantly pressed. So, when I click on a link, Firefox receives the "Ctrl + Mouse Click" shortcut, which makes it open a new tab.

This is a very unorthodox suggestion but it might be worth checking: try unplugging or disconnecting your keyboard, and then clicking on the link. If it works normally, then you're probably having a similar issue as me.

Perhaps the strangest troubleshooting step I have ever given, but I hope it helps! :)

- Ralph

New User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Both of my Control buttons are fine (I just tested them), and the last time I started my computer was this morning--I turn it off every night, and on every morning. Thanks for the suggestions, anyway!

Expert User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Hi Hannah, try this:

  1. Click on your address bar
  2. Type "about:config" without the quotation marks
  3. Press Enter, then click "I'll be careful, I promise"
  4. Search for browser.link.open_newwindow
  5. The default value should be '3' for this property
  6. If it's already '3', change it to '1' and restart your Firefox.

Does this help?

New User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

Neither rebooting nor adjusting the " browser.link.open_newwindow " from 3 to 1 allowed me to click on a page link and stay on the same tab.

I have my tabbed icon clusters arranged in Mission Control. Clicking on tabs in an opened icon works very well. However, clicking on links within an opened tab results in opening a new tab. I wish to preserve my predefined tabs without additionally populating my tab bar.

I will investigate "freezing" and "pinning" my tabs so see if I can inhibit tab duplication.

Side Note: I've never tried Thunderbird, but do like the editing capacity of iMail. The iMail/FF relationship was tedious ( opened email appeared as a new tab on my FF homepage ) By configuring iMail to open in Safari as a separate Mission Control icon, iMail is fully functional.

'09 iMac/FF

Site Moderator

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

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

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe Mode start window or otherwise make changes.
New User

Re: How do I stop a new tab from opening when I click a link?

As suggested by writer cor-el, Safe Mode start up restored my FF satisfactorily. Rather than keep fiddling with settings, I chose the "Reset" option. Works like a charm !

Thanks !

Rob


'09 iMac/FF/Noscript/AdBlocker