Restoring Normal Tab Service in Firefox 3.6

(stackoverflow rep: 9948, Project Euler 93/281 complete)

(in which we address something fairly trivial)

Firefox 3.6 introduced a change where by default opening a link in a new tab places the tab immediately after the current one. Which seriously messed up my workflow.

Tab background courtesy of FF's new "persona" skinning thingummybob. Not sure how I feel about that, either.

I have a bunch of links (Google Reader, Hacker News – or rather Giles Bowkett’s rather spiffy Hacker Newspaper, reddit, stuff like that) from which I open any interesting links, to be consumed with my breakfast while my brain gets into second gear. Maybe it’s just me and my inability to move with the times, but I like my tabs sorted in the order in which I opened them, thank you very much.

This (http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/forum/1/602853#threadId602882) is where I found the fix.

For the idle of click, this is what it says:

Type about:config into the URL/location bar and press the Enter key.
Click through any warning (i.e., promise to be careful)
Copy and paste the following into the Filter box:

browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent

Double-click the line listing that preference to change the value to false.
Restart Firefox (File > Restart Firefox)

And that’s it. Seems to work. Which is nice.

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2 Responses to Restoring Normal Tab Service in Firefox 3.6

  1. Nice. about:config is why I left Chrome and came back to FF. I like having everything just so.

  2. Jon Peltier says:

    I use a plugin called TabMixPlus. It handles lots of tab functionality that Firefox omits. When I upgraded to 3.6, TabMixPlus must already have had that setting defined in the previous version, so I never noticed the change.

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