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May 6, 2010

Immediately Switch to a New Tab in Firefox

Firefox New Tab

Normally, when you click a link that opens a new tab (or hold down the Ctrl key while clicking a link, which forces a new tab to open), Firefox doesn't actually switch to that tab. It keeps you where you were.

That doesn't make a ton of sense. After all, why would you open a new tab if you didn't want to view it right away? Fortunately, there's an easy way to change Firefox's behavior when it comes to new tabs, and you don't even have to meddle with the about:config settings.

Instead, click the Tools menu, then Options, and then click Tabs. Enable the last option in the list: When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately. Click OK and you're done.