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Firefox Fix

I have a tendency to switch my default browser every so often. I like playing with new toys.

I just switched from Safari to Firefox 3.5.5 and discovered I couldn’t stand the way external links open in new tabs though I wanted new-window links such as target=”_blank” to open in a new tab.

This used to work via browser.link.open_external.

But no longer. They nuked this via bug 324164. I can sort of understand it. Most people want a new tab or a new window on each new link. However, if you use spaces in OS-X or desktops in Linux, then setting this unified option to “new tab” sucks — you have to play “hunt the window” every time you click a link in a program.

Bleh.

Fortunately, someone came to our rescue with a handy addon: Tabs Open Relative (Modified) by mojo-chan.

It also has the side-effect of opening new tabs just right to the current tab, like chrome does. I’ve become used to that behavior and definitely prefer it.

Ciao!

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Nick

Thanks! I have the same problem, though didn’t bother looking for a fix. I just started using Chromium. I guess it’s just yet another “open” platform has gone to specifically targeting Windows users.

Nick

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docwhat

I wish they’d get the Mac and Linux versions of chrome out of Beta. They work pretty well, though. Not perfectly. And when it flakes out, it flakes out in really annoying ways. :-(

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