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

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Tabbed browsing has become a part of our everyday lives, so much so that we now take for granted. In most popular browsers, 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. Some users, however, yearn for the old days when a brand new window was opened each time this type of request was made.

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Firefox Web browser on LinuxMac, or Windows operating systems.

Disabling Tabbed Browsing

Firefox makes it easy to revert this functionality back to where it all began, opening a new window in place of a tab. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to modify this setting.

  1. Open your Firefox browser

  2. Enter the following text in your browser's address bar and hit the Enter or Return key: about:preferences.

    Firefox's General preferences should now be displayed. 

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

    Firefox tab settings
  4. The first, Open new windows in a new tab instead, 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 their own separate browser window, simply remove the checkmark next to this option by selecting it once.