Opening Tabs in Firefox – Configuration Options

If you’re unhappy with the way that the tabs behave in Firefox 3.6, then check this out …

How do you like your tabs to open in the Firefox web browser? Mozilla has changed the default tab opening behavior in Firefox 3.6 noticeably. Related tabs open to the right of the active tab, while unrelated tabs open at the end of the tab row.

That’s inconsistent and something that has bothered me for quote some time. See, I use the Multi Links add-on for Firefox to open multiple links at once in the browser. These often open at the end of the tab row which is not how I want it to be.

Lets take a look at the available options in Firefox. The Tools > Options > Tab menu offers no help. It offers general tab related settings but no configuration option to change the way new tabs are opened.

The only other built-in option is to enter about:config in the Firefox address bar, hit enter, confirm the notification if it appears and filter for the term “browser.tabs”. Please note that this has only been tested under Firefox 4, the parameters may be different under Firefox 3.6.

browser tabs

Locate the browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent parameter. It is set to True which is the default behavior. True basically means that related tabs will be opened to the right of the current tab. Firefox users who want to change that behavior can double-click the parameter to set the value from true to false.

False means that all tabs are opened at the end of the tab row.

But what about users who want new tabs to always open direct next to the active tab?

Those users need to install an add-on, like the restartless Always Right add-on. The Firefox extension configures the browser to open all tabs, regardless of their relation to the active tab, to the direct right of the active tab.

There you have it. Users who want all tabs to open at the end of the tabbar need to make the change in the about:config dialog, users who prefer that all tabs open directly next to the active tab need to use an extension for that.

What’s left to say? How do you like your tabs?

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