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I have to admit that I've developed a nasty habit. When I want a new browser window, I shift+click the Firefox icon to make a new window of Firefox. Lately, though, I've been really wanting to get in the habit of just creating a new tab instead of creating a new window.

I'm wondering if there's a way I can change what the keyboard shortcut actually does, e.g. can I have it start Firefox with some sort of shortcut that would prompt it to start a new tab rather than a whole new window?

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or just cntl-T for a new tab –  JoshP Jun 21 '12 at 18:47
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I'm not sure it's a duplicate. This one asks for a way to open a new tab when Shift-Clicking the FF icon on the taskbar; the other asks for a way to open a new tab when Shift-Clicking a link on a page. The accepted solution works for both though. –  Ellesa Jul 15 '12 at 12:17
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You have need to download the TabMixPlus add-on for Firefox.

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After installing it you will find it under the Tools menu with the name of Tab Mix Plus Options. After launching the addon now see the Links tab and check/tick the option Enable single window mode.

Now under the Events tab select the Tab opening option and check/tick the option Middle-click or Control-click opens items in current tab. Now it will disable the control of Ctrl+T to open new tab and Shift+click will open the new tab.

If you want to focus on the new tab immediately then go to Events tab, Tab opening sub-tab, and in the group Focus/Select tabs that open from set the option Links.

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Thank you avirk, this was the most feature-rich solution to my immediate problem. –  Peter Grace Jun 21 '12 at 20:14
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Not quite sure if I follow the question but Ctrl+T inside of a Firefox window will open a new tab. Firefox support has a full list of keyboard shortcuts.

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http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyconfig_extension this should allow you to change the shortcuts for the key bindings.

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