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This may seem like a dumb question but how do I stop Firefox from opening up a Google search in a new tab?

I usually open a new tab first before searching and if I don't then I don't want it open in a new tab.

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What OS and which version of Firefox? – mas Aug 3 '09 at 11:57
...and what plugins do you have installed? – Rowland Shaw Aug 3 '09 at 12:03
are you in China? I noticed that in China, all search engines have the irritating behaviour of opening websites in a new tab... – Magnetic_dud Nov 9 '09 at 15:17
I choose not to answer that question in order to maintain my anonymity. – RCIX Nov 11 '09 at 2:28
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There is a configuration setting you can change to keep Firefox from opening in a new tab:

  1. Open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar
  2. Find the key
  3. Double click the setting to toggle the value to false
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ya know, i might have done this then forgot... smacks forehead Thanks! – RCIX Aug 3 '09 at 12:28

I do not get this behavior in my Firefox.

I have Tab Mix Plus extension installed which seems to have a checkbox to force search results to a new tab (it is unchecked).

Do you have this installed and,

  • Tab Mix Plus Options
    • Events
      • Tab Opening
        • Open tabs from: Search bar -- checked?
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Set browser.newtab.url to blank in about:config

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I assume you are using the Google Search bar.

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Nope just regular search box. – RCIX Aug 3 '09 at 11:53

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