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Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Tab Placement in FireFox 3.6

If you have downloaded FireFox 3.6 you have already discovered that one of the big changes is in where new tabs open. It used to be that if you did right-click, open in a new tab (or Cntrl click), the tab would open on the far right of your already open tabs. Now it opens right next to the page that you clicked on.

They say they made this change to help organize and group tabs together that are similar. I'm finding this hard to get used to. Sometimes it helps me organize, and sometimes it doesn't at all. I haven't decided if I will change it or not.

How do you change it, if you want to? It's not as simple as it should be, but it's not too hard. There is no way to change it under Tools/ Tabs. That is annoying.
  • Open a new tab
  • In the location bar (where you usually type a URL), type about:config, then press enter.
  • You will see a warning about changing settings and voiding your warranty. Just press "I will be careful."
  • Then you will see a screen of a lot of commands with some columns of figures or text after them. Scroll down quite a way until you find browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent
  • You will note that its value is true. Double click that line and the value should change to false.
  • Close that tab

Your new tabs should now open to the far right again. If you ever want to change it back, just follow these same steps and change the value back to true.

Tabbed Browsing in FireFox


Ratty said...

There is also a plugin called Tab Mix Plus that you can use to change many aspects of the way your tabs work. It's a necessity for me.

Secondary Roads said...

At first it was confusing to me, but now I prefer the new way.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Thanks Ratty, I'm going to check it out.

Chuck- I changed back to the old way because of the way I do things like Adgitize.

Bryan said...

I owe you for this one! I noticed this change right away as I'm a big tab user and it irked me. I'm delighted I can get back to tabbing like normal again. Thanks!

Sharkbytes said...

Bryan- Thanks for letting me know it was helpful. Sometimes changes are great, sometimes, not so much!