The default behavior of Firefox opening new tabs from links had been troubling me for a while .. it was time I tried to do something about it.
This was one of the those little things in software that bug me, but I don’t start looking for a solution right-away because of reasons like “I am too busy with something else”, or “The bug is not so bad.. let me see if I can live with it”.
But no .. this particular issue with how Firefox dealt with opening new tabs from links was now getting on my nerves.The Issue #
While visiting a page, I typically middle-click on links so that they open in new tabs .. and I do that a lot! And this is the order of where the new tabs would open:
Figure 1: Unexpected order of opening of new tabs opened after each middle-clickIn my view, this behavior is completely wrong!
As you can see above, if I already have a bunch of links open (see the last row where “Tab 1”, “Tab 2” and “Tab 3” are already open), the last opened tab will land up between those tabs and a sea of other previously opened tabs! When you have over a dozen of tabs already open, hunting for the last opened tabs is really annoying.Expected Behavior #