Whenever you open a new tab in the Firefox browser, it opens at the end of the tab bar of the current browser window regardless of which tab is active when you open it.
That’s not a problem if you work with less than a dozen tabs usually that are visible all the time but if you have 50 or more tabs open, you may dislike the default behavior as Firefox jumps to the new tab automatically when it is opened at the end of the tab bar.
There is no option to jump back to the previously active tab in Firefox which means that you may spend some time locating it again after opening a new tab in the web browser.
Firefox’s behavior is different when you open links in new tabs. Links that you middle-click on (or use other means to open in a new tab) open to the right of the active tab which is quite useful as the newly opened tab is directly associated with the originating tab.
You can use an extension to force Firefox to open new tabs to the right of the current tab or change the configuration of the browser.
Always Right for Firefox
Always Right is an open source add-on for the Firefox web browser that changes Firefox’s default new tab opening behavior. Instead of opening new tabs at the end of the tab bar, new tabs will open to the right of the active tab all the time.
It does not matter whether you use Ctrl-T, a click on the plus icon in the Firefox tab bar, or other means to open new tabs in the browser. Whenever you open a new tab, it is opened to the right of the active tab.
The extension works automatically once installed.
Please note that you may change the configuration of the Firefox web browser to change the tab opening behavior without installing an extension:
- Load about:config?filter=browser.tabs.insertAfterCurrent in the Firefox address bar.
- Confirm that you will be careful if the warning page is displayed.
- Set the preference to true by double-clicking on it.
- Restart the browser.
Update: the preference is only available in Firefox Beta, Dev or Nightly at the time of writing.
While it may be more convenient to install the browser extension to get the Firefox web browser to open tabs on the right of the active tab, using the configuration is better as you don’t need to install and run an extension for the behavior.
Now You: What is your tab opening preference?
- Save and restore Firefox tabs with Session Boss
- Search across all Firefox tabs with Search Multi Tabs
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