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I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

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I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

I reinstalled firefox recently and now every time I click a link it opens in a new tab instead of in the same tab. I would rather change it so it opens in a new tab only if I tell it to but for some reason that option is no longer in the options tab. How do I disable this function in the newer firefox?

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Senior User

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

Hi,

Does this happen for all links? Some links require a new window, so you could set Firefox to change to the new tab immediately after it opens. But, for regular links it should stay in the same tab. If you can provide some more info, it would help us to advise you.

Thanks, Michelle

Expert User

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

Hi!

Make sure that in the Options Window, in the Tabs section, you have selected the options you want.

As far as I know, if the target of the link is a new window, you can't force it to open in the same tab.

Perhaps the TabMixPlus add-on offers that type of capability. It has been a long time since I don't use it.

Site Moderator

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

You can inspect and adjust the browser.link.open_newwindow prefs on the about:config page.


New User

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

I seemed that the default behavior before 10.0.1 was to open links in the same tab. 10.0.1 & 10.0.2 opens links in a new tab most of the time, but seemed to be a bit random ? Setting browser.link.open_newwindow to 1 (instead of 3) fixes it so that links open in the same tab, unless you right click the link and click "open in new tab".

Shouldn't there be a setup option that would select this function instead of having to modify "config".

Site Moderator

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

If you had the option to open links in the same tab in previous Firefox versions then it must have been added by an extension. It a long time ago that Firefox had such a setting in its options (probably a Firefox 1 version).

New User

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

I always used the default configuration of Firefox. I'm not saying I ever had an 'option' or an 'extension' to open links in the same tab - that's just the way it worked for me. Something changed in the past week, and I could only assume it was the Firefox update.

New User

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

Very strange - today I reset "browser.link.open_newwindow " back to 3 , and all links still open in the same tab (which is the same default behavior that I had for years).

I also checked another computer running 10.0.2 and that one also opens links in the same tab.

So a bit of a mystery why suddenly links were opening in a new tab ??

Site Moderator

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

browser.link.open_newwindow only affects links that specify a target window to open in.
You can use the pref to divert such links to the current tab or a new tab.
browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction does the same for JavaScript window.open() (onclick) links.
Normal links always open in the current tab unless you override that with a middle-click or Ctrl left-click (new tab) or Shift left-click (new window).

New User

Re: I can't seem to get firefox to stop opening clicked links in new tabs, I want them to open in the same window - how do i fix this?

Something strange going on. Today links on webpage started again opening in a new tab. I have set browser.link.open_newwindow to 1 ( and will leave it set to that !). Browser was OK for 2 weeks (see my posts above) and I have made no changes to the system, so I have no idea what may be triggering that behavior.