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Safari does it, Chrome does it, and Firefox did it up to version 12: put the focus automatically to the location bar (a.k.a. address bar) when opening a new tab.

With FF13 this behaviour changed, probably due to the new New Tab Page. It doesn't matter if the newtabpage configuration is enabled or not, when you press Cmd-T (or Ctrl-T) the focus is nowhere and you have to press Cmd-L before you can start typing.

Is there a configuration option to revert to the old behaviour?

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You are certain it isn't related to any extensions/user-scripts customizations that you already have? Did you double check with a clean install, perhaps with a portable apps version of Firefox? – Zoredache Jun 17 '12 at 10:02
@Zoredache you're right, disabling the extensions one by one found the culprit, see the answer below. Thanks! – pesche Jun 17 '12 at 12:11
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@Zoredache (see comment) is right. The problem is not with Firefox, but with the WebMail Notifier extension (version 2.9.7).

And it's a known problem; see the Mozilla bug entry 718918 and the webmailnotifier bug entry 24668.

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WebMail Notifier 2.9.8 (release yesterday?) has fixed the problem :-) – pesche Jun 20 '12 at 22:29

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