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Middle click opens a new window
I have issues with my mousewheel so I like to press Middleclick to open this circle, in which I then move my mouse up or down to scroll. It's also called "Auto Scroll".
The trouble is, when you activate it on a link, it opens a new tab instead of activating auto scroll. So thats when I disabled that in about:config. I set browser.tabs.opentabfor.middleclick to false.
But not what it does is it opens a new window. And I don't know how to disable that.
Do any of you know a workaround? I know there are extensions for this but I really really like the basic Autoscroll.
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The problem here is even if you go in and disable "open in new window" by adjusting another setting it'll just open the link in the current tab/window :(.
There might be an extension that can disable opening links with middle click completely rather than replacing autoscroll entirely, however I cannot find one. I know the code exists (by looking for auxclick and preventdefault()), but it doesn't seem anyone has written one yet.)
You will have to make sure that you do not middle-click on an element that accepts a mouse click. Only if you click in 'free space' you can activate auto-scroll.
For some reason clicking on an active element happens for me a lot of times when one window (e.g the developer tools in a standalone window) is active and is on top of another window that I want to bring up front with a click in this window instead of using Alt + Tab or other ways.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries#Browser. browser.tabs.opentabfor.middleclick Determines the behavior of a link when middle-clicked. True (default): Opens link in new tab False: Opens link in new window
As you can see False does not mean you are turning middle-click off but rather open links in a new window.
Still, there should be an option for disabling middle-clicking links altogether. People have requested this for the past 15 years.
On some sites, such as ArtStation, links can cover 90% of the page making it very awkward to use AutoScroll.
Try to middle-click the scroll bar to see whether that works.
That is already what I do. Which partly renders it useless as I could just use the scroll bar itself instead.