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Browser not switching to new tab when one is created

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  • Last reply by Darkbreeze

So, power user. Tom's hardware moderator. Total fail on solving this issue. Since the 46.0 update Firefox has stopped switching to new tabs automatically when I create one by clicking the + for a new tab. If I open a link that is supposed to open in a new tab, it does, and it does switch to it, but it does not when I create a new tab myself.

Option setting for switch to new tab when they are created is enabled. I've tried the reboot to safe mode, open firefox and open a new tab, and that didn't work either. No new addons or plugins have been installed between the time this was working and now. Ideas or actual solutions, in the even anybody has encountered this, would be immensely appreciated. Just an annoyance really, but I dislike having to click the + and then remember to click again before typing my search string or navigating to a link in bookmarks. It worked before, it ought to work now. Thanks in advance for any help.

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i can reproduce that behaviour when the "New Tab Homepage View" extension is installed - you could try as an alternative..

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hello, can you try to replicate this behaviour when you launch firefox in safe mode once? if not, maybe an addon is interfering here anyway...

Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems

Same behavior occurs in safe mode. Click the + sign for a new tab and it opens, but does not switch to it.

firefox safemode that is? could you go to the firefox menu ≡ > help ? > troubleshooting information, copy the contents of that page and paste them here into a reply on the forum? this might give us a clue what is going on...

And, like I said, nothing new was added or extended in Firefox, so it's clear that it's something brought with the update, although I understand that the issue at it's core could be related to an addon, because of something that changed with the new version, it's definitely not due to any NEW addons.

The only addons that are even running are adblock plus, Covenant eyes (Required, work related home use machine) and the "New tab homepage view" addon.

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Application Basics

Name: Firefox Version: 46.0.1 Build ID: 20160502172042 Update Channel: release User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:46.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/46.0 Multiprocess Windows: 0/1 (Disabled) Safe Mode: false

Crash Reports for the Last 3 Days

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Name: Adblock Plus Version: 2.7.3 Enabled: true ID: {d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}

Name: Covenant Eyes Version: 0.8.1 Enabled: true ID:

Name: Firefox Hello Version: 1.2.6 Enabled: true ID:

Name: Multi-process staged rollout Version: 1.0 Enabled: true ID:

Name: New Tab Homepage View Version: 1.1.1-signed.1-signed Enabled: true ID:

Name: Pocket Version: 1.0 Enabled: true ID:


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Experimental Features

Is there any difference between pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+t and using the "+" button?

Are you using the built-in new tab page, or making any changes through "non-extension" methods?

Sometimes sudden inexplicable breakage following an update can be due to corruption or alien files in the program folder. This is what we generally recommend for that:

Clean Reinstall

We use this name, but it's not about removing your settings, it's about making sure the program files are clean (no inconsistent or alien code files). As described below, this process does not disturb your existing settings. Do NOT uninstall Firefox, that's not needed.

(A) Download a fresh installer for Firefox 46.0.1 from to a convenient location. (Scroll down to your preferred language.) For maximum plugin compatibility, choose the 32-bit version.

(B) Exit out of Firefox (if applicable).

(C) Rename the program folder as follows:

32-bit install on 64-bit Windows

C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox


C:\Program Files (x86)\OldFirefox

All other installations

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox


C:\Program Files\OldFirefox

(D) Run the installer you downloaded in step (A). It should automatically connect to your existing settings.

Note: Some plugins may exist only in that OldFirefox folder. If something essential is missing, look in these folders:

  • \OldFirefox\Plugins
  • \OldFirefox\browser\plugins

No idea whether that will help, but you already tried most other things.

Have already uninstalled Waterfox, reinstalled Waterfox, uninstalled Waterfox, installed Firefox, with reboots in between.

Have also tried purging all Firefox folders and settings between installations. No change.

Also, another of my fellow Tom's hardware moderators is reporting similar behavior in Linux. And he has none of the same plugins, addons or extensions installed as I do.

தீர்வு தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டது

i can reproduce that behaviour when the "New Tab Homepage View" extension is installed - you could try as an alternative..

Yep, that was it. Apparently that extension was the problem. I'll report it to the extension developer. Thanks for smacking my head against the wall to clear out the confusion. :)

And, the other extension works fine without any issues. I was using that one previously, a while back, but after one of the updates to FF it was no longer supported so I switched to the other one. Now it seems, I'm switched back. Maybe after the next update, I'll have to switch again. Thanks a ton for the help you guys.