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In Firefox, a middle clicked link opens a new tab right at the end of the tab list, which is usually at the far right of the window. When you have a lot of tabs, this can mean the new tab is 10 or 15 positions away from the tab that spawned it.

I want to to be able to middle click on a given link in a tab and have a new tab open to the immediate right of the tab I'm currently in.

Is there any configuration setting or extension that allows me to get this behaviour?

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Firefox's "Tab Mix Plus" add-on allows this.

From Firefox: Click on Tools > Tab Mix Plus options...

From Tab Mix Plus: Click Events > Tab Opening

...and select Open other tabs next to the current one.

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As of Firefox v 3.6 opening a link in a new tab opens the tab immediately to the right of the current one. It's the only way this works now, I can't find an option on the user interface that controls it.

Both right click & "Open Link in New Tab" and middle click work this way.

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You can change it using about:config and browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent – Arjan Feb 2 '10 at 13:15
[Ctrl + Click] Also works this way. Note that this does not apply to new tabs opened through ways such as [Ctrl + t], the "Open a new tab" toolbar button, or typing in the location or search bar and pressing [Alt + Enter]. – Firefeather Mar 23 '11 at 21:22

You can make Firefox give focus to the newly opened tab, rather than having to search for it.

This feature is built-in to Firefox already, go to: Tools > Options > Tabs > Tick 'When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately'

The Tab Mix Plus add-on may have the functionality you want, I dont use Firefox though so cannot test/confirm this.

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Tab Mix Plus does indeed have the functionality desired. Go to the add-on's Preferences->Events->Tab Opening. Check the box titled "Open other tabs next to current one". – Kevin M Dec 28 '09 at 13:48
Oh ok, thanks for checking this. – Connor W Dec 28 '09 at 14:17

The description of the Firefox add-on Tabberwocky says:

Open tabs to the right of current tab

but as I haven't tried it, I don't know if you can attache this to middle click.

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