Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Open New Web Pages in a New Firefox Tab or Window Don't lose your place while browsing by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on October 26, 2020 Browsers Firefox Chrome Safari Microsoft Tweet Share Email 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. Open the Firefox browser. Enter the about:preferences in the browser's address bar and press the Enter or Return key. The Firefox General preferences display. At the bottom of this screen, in the Tabs section, are four options, each accompanied by a check box. 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.