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When I open a new window, it opens behind the exist ing window instead of in front of it. How can I fix this?

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When I open a new window, it opens behind the exist ing window instead of in front of it. How can I fix this?

When I click on a link and I choose the option to open link in a new window, it opens behind the currently open window instead of in front of it. This is a real nuisance. Why is this happening, and how do I fix it?

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Re: When I open a new window, it opens behind the exist ing window instead of in front of it. How can I fix this?

Hi alanbala,

There are several possible reasons why the new window opens in the background and not in the foreground by default.

  1. another installed program is causing this
  2. the Firefox main window is set to Always on Top
  3. probably a Windows 7 bug
  4. possibly a Firefox bug https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=790013

What you can do is

  1. update your Windows 7 to the latest security patches
  2. open Mozilla Firefox in Safe Mode (see KB article Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode)
  3. evaluate the other programs installed on your computer
  4. open new links on a new tab

Let us know your progress. I will be following this support thread.

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Re: When I open a new window, it opens behind the exist ing window instead of in front of it. How can I fix this?

Go to Tools>Options>Tabs When I open a new link switch to it immediately>>checking this brings new tabbed page to front automatically

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Re: When I open a new window, it opens behind the exist ing window instead of in front of it. How can I fix this?

I have had the correct Tools/Options boxes checked from the very beginning, but it makes absolutely no difference. The issue began happening after a prior Firefox update, probably almost two years ago by now, so I don't remember which one.