Mozilla Firefox Nightly 57.0 build introduces an option where you can configure bookmarks to open in a new tab by default. This feature has been requested by many Firefox users, and Mozilla seems to have listened to them.
Previously, to open bookmark items in a new tab by default, a third-party Add-on was needed. Alternately, many users still prefer Ctrl + clicking on a bookmark to open a bookmark in a new window. Clicking on the middle mouse scroll button and selecting a bookmark will work, too.
Firefox “loadBookmarksInTabs” setting in about:config
A new preference has been added to the Firefox advanced configuration page “
about:config” where you can configure how bookmarks open — whether in the current tab or a new tab.
- Open Mozilla Firefox. Type
about:configin the address bar and press Enter.
- You’ll see a “This might void your warranty” warning message. Click “I accept the risk!” to proceed.
loadBookmarksin the search filter box to show only the bookmark-related settings.
browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInTabsto true to always open bookmark in new tab.
- Optionally, you can also set
browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackgroundto true to open bookmarks in a background tab.
That’s it! As said earlier, this feature will be available in Firefox 57 and higher.
(Last reviewed in September 2022 – Firefox’s current version is 104.0.1.)
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