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On both my home installation (SimplyMEPIS 6.5) and my work installation (Debian Etch), I've set preferences for Firefox (or Iceweasel) to "New pages should be opened in a new tab." ...
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    Firefox 2.x: New pages spawn new window, when preferences set to "new tab"


    On both my home installation (SimplyMEPIS 6.5) and my work installation (Debian Etch), I've set preferences for Firefox (or Iceweasel) to "New pages should be opened in a new tab." Yet on both machines, a new page always spawns a new window by default. If I right-click, I can select "Open Link in New Tab" -- but obviously I'd rather not always do that.

    Any suggestions for getting FF/IW to behave?

    --Paul

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    Yes, there is something else to do here.

    Iceweasel behaves differently then Firefox (by default).

    Type
    Code:
    about:config
    in Iceweasel address bar, and make sure the following variable are properly set:

    Code:
    browser.link.open_external
    browser.link.open_newwindow
    browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction
    To match Firefox 2 default behavior, they should be set respectively to 3, 3 and 2.

    More details here:
    About:config entries - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
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    Hey, that worked like magic -- at least at work, in Iceweasel, on Debian. I'll see if it works as well at home of MEPIS, in Firefox. Thanks.

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