Middle-Click To Open Firefox Links In A New Foreground Tab

Middle-Click To Open Firefox Links In A New Foreground Tab

Everybody already knows that middle-click opens up a link in a new background tab, but reader Raghav points out that you can also open up a link in a new foreground tab instead.

It’s a tiny, simple tip, but one of those things that you might not have realized: just hold down the Shift key while middle-clicking to open the link in a new tab and switch to it at the same time. He writes:

It is common knowledge that middle-clicking on a link opens it in a new background tab, but pressing shift while middle-clicking opens it in a new foreground tab. This especially comes in handy when you’ve got dozens of tabs open and don’t want to shuffle through all your tabs to find the one you just opened.

For more, learn about a lesser-known feature to slow down the mouse scrolling speed, how to speed up Firefox by limiting history size, or how to quickly jump to text fields in Firefox. Thanks, Raghav!

Got your own tips for dealing with Firefox tab overload? Share them in the comments.


  • Anyone have any idea why no matter what I do firefox always switches to the new tab when I middle click, shift middle click, shift left click etc. No matter what firefox always immediately switches to the new tab after I’ve clicked on a link.

    I want to be able to middle click on links and have them open in a new tab in the background (not automatically switch to the new tab). I know this is supposed to be the default action but for whatever reason I can’t get it to do it! I installed/uninstalled TMP. I’ve selected and unselected the firefox setting: tools/options/tabs/when I open a new tab open switch to it immediately.

    I can’t figure this out and it’s about to drive me crazy. I’ve searched everywhere for a solution and can’t figure it out! I’ve even deleted my firefox prefs file and started all over again. HELP!

    Thanks!! 🙂

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