When I open a link from another application and I am using Private Mode in Firefox -- and the private window is the most recent active window in Firefox -- how can I make… (funda kabanzi)
When I open a link from another application and I am using Private Mode in Firefox -- and the private window is the most recent active window in Firefox -- how can I make firefox open the link in the private window?
To clarify by example: Firefox is my default browser. I am browsing in private mode and I want to open links from an email in my OS's mail client so they open in the private window (ideally in a new tab in the private window), not a non-private window. At the moment, external links open in a non-private window no matter what.
There was a time that Firefox would do this, but it does not do it any more. I think I may have killed this function the last time I reset Firefox. Is it possible that I had changed a setting in about:config to make Firefox behave how I want it to? If so, which setting is it!
FWW. I have tried changing the following preferences in about:config with no success:
I've also found something like this mentioned in bug reports, but I'm not sure if I understand the resolution. If I do, then the resolution is that opening in a non-private window no matter what is intentional and there is no desire to add an option to change this behavior in Firefox. However, what seems to be missing from these reports is the fact that the Private window is the active window. It seems to me that links should always open in the active window, even if the active window is a private window, if the browser is commanded to do so. Otherwise, the browser is not behaving as expected.
Mac OS 10.11.4
Firefox 46.0b11 (yes, the beta channel)