How to Open New Web Pages in a New Firefox Tab or Window

Don't lose your place while browsing

What to Know

  • Enter about:preferences in the address bar to open Firefox settings.
  • In the Tabs section, uncheck Open links in tabs instead of new windows.

In the Firefox web browser, the default behavior is to open a new tab instead of opening a new window, as was the case before tabs became a mainstream feature. However, you may prefer to open web pages in a new window each time you click a link.

This tutorial applies the Firefox web browser on the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Disable Tabbed Browsing

Firefox makes it easy to revert this functionality so that links are opened in a new window in place of a tab. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to modify this setting.

  1. Open the Firefox browser.

  2. Enter about:preferences in the browser's address bar and press the Enter or Return key. The Firefox General preferences display. 

  3. At the bottom of this screen, in the Tabs section, are four options, each accompanied by a check box.

    The Tabs options in Firefox settings
  4. The second, Open links in tabs instead of new windows, is enabled by default and instructs Firefox to always open new pages in a tab instead of a window. To disable this functionality and have new pages open in a separate browser window, remove the check mark next to this option by selecting it once.

    The "Open links in tabs instead of new windows" option in Firefox
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