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I prefer to use mouse when I browse. I mostly use Opera for that, it has all the features I need, out of the box. Opera has a very good feature: when I click on the currently selected tab, it switches to the last used tab. Very handy feature.

In Firefox, when I click on the selected tab: nothing happens. Of course there was an add-on that supported this feature until v19: LastTab but in v20 it is dead.

I don't understand why Mozilla can't support such a useful and easy feature, obviously I can't use my mouse to switch between the last used tabs.

There is a setting that promises solution:

Last tab config on Firefox:

  1. browse about:config
  2. find browser.ctrlTab.previews
  3. set true

But it doesn't cure the mouse issue. Can you tell me if it is possible to use my mouse for browsing with FF20?

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"In Firefox, when I click on a tab: nothing happens." What do you mean nothing happens? The tab isn't selected? Either way, are you just complaining about FireFox's limitations, if so, continue with Opera? – Dave May 15 '13 at 12:53
Regarding to the original problem, when I click on a selected tab, nothing happens. Opera is not an option as it is an enterprise environment. – Nestor May 15 '13 at 13:59
I edited the post to include that you are clicking on the currently selected tab as this is a very important fact to your question. I would have never guessed at this behavior because I have never seen it in another Windows application. It's not standard behavior. – Brad Patton May 15 '13 at 14:08
Opera calls the feature: Click on tab to minimize. It follows the standard Windows behavior: when you click of an application on the taskbar, it goes minimized, when you click again, it comes back. You could say it is not an application, but minimizing is a common feature. It is not a coincidence that LastTab was needed. – Nestor May 15 '13 at 20:27
Love that feature in Opera and miss it in all other browsers... it's also a great way of switching back and forth between two tabs without moving the mouse, and a handy way to send a "less used" tab to the back of the tab-order queue. – Amos M. Carpenter Nov 13 '13 at 23:49
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I found the extension that cures the issue of Firefox:

It is a relief indeed :)

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THIS will toggle between Tabs in Firefox versions 34 and later. Use 'Tab Mix Plus' extension (by 'onemen' Gary Reyes). Go to its Options. Here select: - Mouse - Mouse Gestures - Now enable 'Switch to last selected tab when clicking current one'. - Click Apply. Done.

NOTES: -1- The placement in 'Tab Mix Plus' has changed compared to older TMP versions but, as far as I know, it has always been there.

-2- A very much related 'Tab Mix Plus' Option. Go TMP Options again. Now select - Display - Tab Bar - Go to 'When tabs don't fit width:' Here select 'Multi-row' in drop down menu. Done.

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