Firefox 3.6 – How To Open Tabs at End of Tab Bar

Posted on March 11, 2010 by Bo

Firefox 3.6 open tabs at endWith the release of Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6, we are introduced to a new behavior of how tabs are opened when you click on a link. Clicking on a link on a web page will now open the tab next to the one you’re currently in, forcing an “open relative” behavior. If you’re an avid tab user like me, you’re probably a little irked that they’ve gone and changed something like this and not provided an easy way to change it back in the Preferences.

Changing this setting back to where tabs open at the end of the tab bar is relatively easy and will only require a quick trip into the about:config section of Firefox.

1. Go To Configuration Settings
In the Address Bar, type about:config and hit enter. You’ll be greeted with a cheerful warning that proceeding into this section of Firefox might void your warranty. Click the button to promise that you’ll be careful.

2. Filter It Out!
In the Filter bar, type browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent which will filter out all the values we don’t need to see and just display the one we’ll be changing.

3. Toggle It!
Once you have found the browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent preference, you’ll notice that the default value is true. Right-click on the preference name and choose Toggle (or just double-click the preference name to toggle automatically). This will change the value to false.

4. Enjoy!
That’s it! You can close out the about:config window and enjoy having your tabs work like they used to.

Some will argue that we should just attempt to embrace the new open relative behavior. But I am far too set in my tab-using ways at this point. Mozilla is just going to have to embrace us.

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10 Responses to “Firefox 3.6 – How To Open Tabs at End of Tab Bar”

  1. online broker on March 13th, 2010 3:24 pm

    Thank you! I’m glad there is such an easy fix for this, cant stand the new way, its confuses me.

  2. larry on March 13th, 2010 5:18 pm

    Thank you! I have a “static” lineup of tabs that I access using the standard cntrl-1, cntrl-2, etc., so I want temporary pages added to the END of the tab bar, as with firefox before 3.6.

  3. Dave Rattigan on March 15th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Thanks for this. It was driving me crazy, as I usually have to flit between tabs pretty quickly, so I like to keep things in order!

  4. sibidiba on March 16th, 2010 6:52 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I did not had such a config key, but creating it immediately solved the problem.

  5. Ronnie J on June 21st, 2010 5:26 pm

    Thanks so much for this. I’m getting sick of Firefox constantly fixing what ain’t broke. Might be time to switch to Chrome, I’m afraid to say.

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  7. Capital Gold Group on August 9th, 2010 5:52 am

    Thank you. Its so easy.

  8. SB on December 17th, 2010 6:01 pm

    THANK YOU! I love how whenever I have any tech issues I can just use Google & find awesome ppl who have already shared solutions XD You rock!


  9. Broker Vergleich on December 19th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Thank you ! This help me a lot!

  10. J. Coker on April 9th, 2011 12:12 am

    I have done this time and time again and the tabs still open next to the current one.
    Is there anything else I can to to change this?

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