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I want to do as much as possible with keyboard shortcuts in Firefox. One operation I still can't do with a keyboard shortcut is duplicating a tab while keeping the history.

What I have figured out so far

One can hit

  • Ctrl+L to select the address bar and then hit
  • Alt+Enter to open the same URL in a new tab.

But that does not retain the original tab's history. Which means I can't hit Back and go one page back in the tab's history.

I also installed the Customizable Shortcuts add-on. The problem with it was, that there was no operation "Duplicate tab" exposed for which I could have assigned a new keyboard shortcut. So dead end there as well.


So the question remains: is there a way to duplicate a tab including it's history with a keyboard shortcut, either with Firefox's built in capabilities or by installing an add-on?

Current workaround

Currently, I have the FireGestures add-on installed and use a mouse gesture to invoke the command "Duplicate tab" which duplicates the current tab retaining the history.


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up vote 11 down vote accepted

I have installed Tab Mix Plus v0.3.8.4 Add-ons on Firefox 9 and pressing Ctrl + Alt + T duplicates the current tab with tab's full history.

It should work on Firefox 13 too.

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Awesome, thanks! – Lernkurve Jun 9 '12 at 18:10

Not a full keyboard shortcut, but if you hold Ctrl and drag the tab to a new position on the tab bar it will duplicate the tab, with history.

FF Drag To Duplicate Tab

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OR you can middle-click on the refresh button. Less work. – VenkatH Jun 9 '12 at 17:53
@VenkatH Nice! Except I hate clicking my mouse's tilting-wheel. ;) Regardless, that may be worth it's own answer. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 9 '12 at 17:57
Thank you @VenkatH and @techie007! But touching the mouse is not allowed -- that's just wrong. :-) – Lernkurve Jun 9 '12 at 18:13
@Lernkurve Get a touch screen and use your finger instead. ;) j/k Glad you got a workable answer. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 9 '12 at 18:17
@Lernkurve Agreed. I tried searching, but didn't come across any keyboard short-cut for this. – VenkatH Jun 9 '12 at 18:18

Not a full keyboard shortcut, but middle-clicking on the refresh button next to the url address bar copies the current tab along with its history.

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To duplicate tabs, while keeping the history of the previous tabs, you will have to do the following.

  • Install the add-on "Tab History Redux". It is the add-on that keeps the history of previously opened (browsed through, visited) pages when a link on the current page is opened in a new tab.
  • Install the add-on "Duplicate In Tab Context Menu" (although this might not be necessary because the tab can be duplicated using Alt+D, Alt+Enter). This add-on enables the option of duplicating a tab by right-clicking the Tab Context Menu, and either clicking "Duplicate Tab", or selecting the keyboard shortcut for "Duplicate Tab" using D (or Alt+D, if the shortcut activating option is not underlined).
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