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How do i set search to open in new tab?

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How do i set search to open in new tab?

When I do a "google search" I want it to open in a new tab...how do I set that?

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Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

Look in the about:config window for these settings and change them:

  • browser.search.openintab - if true, will open a search from the searchbar in a new tab if you use the return key to trigger the search
  • browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground - if true, bookmarks that open in a new tab will not steal focus
  • browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground - Load the new tab in the background, leaving focus on the current tab if true
  • browser.tabs.loadInBackground - Do not focus new tabs opened from links (load in background) if true
  • browser.tabs.opentabfor.middleclick - if true, links can be forced to open a new tab if middle-clicked. Useful for search results.
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Expert User

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

are doing this on the links:

     right click -> Open Link in New Tab
New User

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

There is no "links" when you do a search in google! and yes i have tried doing a "right click" but it does not work in google search. when i used IE i could set preferences for google search but i cannot seem to find where to do that in firefox thanks,

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

New User

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

It doesn't work on Google, which is kind of essential. Google will still only open links in the same window.

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Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

Which search do you mean?

  • searching via the location bar (pref: keyword.URL)
  • search bar on the Navigation Toolbar
  • search bar on the about:home page (pref: browser.search.defaultenginename)
  • other search bar (e.g. added by extension)

For the search bar on the Navigation Toolbar you can set the Boolean pref browser.search.openintab to true on the about:config page.

You can also middle-click the search button or menu entry or use Alt+Enter to open the results in a new tab.

For the Google website you can set that via the Google Search Settings page.

New User

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

I would like to set the preferences so that google search or any other link or bookmark always open in a new tab. I know I can right click and choose open in a new tab. It's an "extra" step that I would like to avoid. But I can see no options in preferences which allow this. This was true when I was using Windows XP and it is true now using Mac OSX 10.7.5. I have all of the options under "preferences - tabs" checked.

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Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

Look in the about:config window for these settings and change them:

  • browser.search.openintab - if true, will open a search from the searchbar in a new tab if you use the return key to trigger the search
  • browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground - if true, bookmarks that open in a new tab will not steal focus
  • browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground - Load the new tab in the background, leaving focus on the current tab if true
  • browser.tabs.loadInBackground - Do not focus new tabs opened from links (load in background) if true
  • browser.tabs.opentabfor.middleclick - if true, links can be forced to open a new tab if middle-clicked. Useful for search results.
New User

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

This really didn't solve the question but whatever; i found i can just click on the tab with "+" (to open a new tab) and then do the google search

New User

Re: How do i set search to open in new tab?

I have not yet implemented your solution, but will do so in the near future. It does involve getting into the bowels of Firefox -- so I want to be careful. I also found out that "Command + Click" opens a new tab, which is much more convenient than "Right click ; click on Open in a New Tab."

But a further question: what is then the purpose of "Open new windows in a new tab instead" in the Tabs page of Firefox Preferences? I am curious and i also like to know the purpose of preference settings in the various applications I use.