Open Firefox Searches in a New Tab

Are you a tab browsing maniac? Firefox lets you automatically open all searches performed from either box in a new tab.

Are you a browser tab fanatic? Ever since the inception of the modern browser tab, it’s been easier than ever to browse multiple sites and pages simultaneously. Firefox has a groovy feature that makes use of multiple tabs when performing searches. Here’s how to use it.

The easiest method to display results in a new tab is to just press Alt + Enter when performing searches. This will work for both the Firefox address bar and the dedicated search box.

alt+enter to open new tabs from firefox searches

You can also set Firefox to open a new tab for search queries from the search box. But this doesn’t apply to searches done in the main address bar (omnibar). Here’s how to make it work.

Type: about:config into the Firefox address bar. Click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
void firefox warranty

In the search box at the top type: Right click on the result and select Toggle. This sets the value of the preference name from False to True.

toggle openintab settings

Now when you use the search box, results will appear in a new tab. You can also find them by using the middle mouse button on the magnifying glass within this box.

open searches in new tab



  1. MerryMarjie

    May 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This is a great tip! I always want pages to open in new tabs so I don’t have to click back, back, back to see the first page again, and I didn’t know you could change the search tab options. Another useful hint from Groovy Post!

  2. Xfactdude

    May 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I use Firefox daily and this…. I didn’t know.

    Awesome. Tweeted and shared. Thanks Krause dude.

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