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Firefox lately always opens a new window
Whenever I click a link in firefox, whether I option-click it or right-click it and choose "Open in new Tab." Firefox lately always opens a new window, not a tab. For the life of me, I cannot get it to open a page in a new tab.
There was a time when I had one window open, and every time I would choose to create a new tab, it would create it in that window instead of the window I was currently in, but I have since closed that window, and now I cannot get a link to open in a new tab no matter what I do.
I have tried both selecting and deselecting "Open new windows in a new tab instead" In Firefox preferences, restarting Firefox in "Safe" mode, etc. to no avail.
How do I fix this?
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Have you checked the settings in Preferences > Tabs?
Yes, and also tried restarting FF in Safe Mode.
There are other settings in about:config that might be causing that effect.
browser.link.open_newwindow 3 = divert new window to a new tab (default) (checked*) 2 = allow link to open a new window (unchecked*) 1 = force new window into same tab * First checkbox in Options > Tabs (on Mac, Preferences > Tabs) browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction 0 = open_newwindow preference honored for all new windows 2 = open_newwindow preference honored for all new windows except script windows with features (default) 1 = open_newwindow preference ignored completely (same effect as open_newwindow=2) browser.link.open_newwindow.override.external -1 = open_newwindow applies to external links (default) 3 = open external links in a new tab 2 = open external links in a new window 1 = open external links in active tab
I have had this same problem for months and it is very annoying. I am on the Internet all day and need to have multiple tabs open many times over 50 at a time. But having any more than 10 windows as it makes it far too hard to find previously opened websites. Please help me find a solution to this.
I mean I know in the scope of the worlds problems, this doesn't even get on the list, but it does waste my time and causes much frustration so I would really appreciate a solution.
Firefox may think that it is in a pop-up window.
Try to close all open windows and quit the Firefox application and restart.
You can check for problems with the localstore.rdf file.
Try to remove the Firefox plist file (org.mozilla.firefox.plist).
- http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060606082246983 How .plist files become corrupt and troubleshooting the results
Go to "~/Library/Preferences" and remove the plist file for Firefox (org.mozilla.firefox.plist)
I found that by starting Firefox in Safe mode the problem goes away. So that is the good news, now I just need to figure out which Addons are causing the problems. Thanks for helping.