Firefox before version 57 allows users to open new tab from address bar using an extension (e.g. TabMixPlus). TabMixPlus is no longer supported. How to make Firefox 57+ to always open new tab from address bar?

(New tab from bookmarks is accessible via browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInTabs, but I have not find an about:config entry for new tab from url bar, just an feature request for browser.tabs.opentabfor.urlbar.)

UPDATE: Firefox 60 added the missing option to about:config.


Firefox 60 actually has flag browser.urlbar.openintab in about:config. Setting it to true accomplishes what you want. Tried and true.

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    browser.search.openintab is the corresponding option for the search engine bar, for anyone interested – delrocco Aug 10 '18 at 12:18

The only working solution I've found (currently) is an Add-on called "New Tab from Location Bar" by Piro.

The solution by andy_m didn't work for me.



  • Press and hold Alt when pressing Enter for the completed URL.
  • Press and hold Ctrl while clicking on a link, or use middle-mouse button.

It would be simpler if these were the same keys, if there are Firefox developers reading this.

As a long-time TabMix Plus user, I really miss this and other features, such as shifting focus to a tab on mouse-hover. Until Firefox WebExtensions is more mature, apparently, that capability is gone. Sic transit gloria mundi.

  • Is there a way to implement this feature in userChrome.js? – TN. Nov 20 '17 at 9:38
  • NAFAIK, though there are a number of static tab attributes I've modified there (e.g. width, colors etc.). – DrMoishe Pippik Nov 21 '17 at 1:58

This feature was added in Firefox 60, cf. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1394304

  • open about:config
  • find browser.urlbar.openintab
  • double click to flip it to true

The about:config setting only controls pressing "Enter" in the search bar. It doesn't cause clicking on the right arrow in the search bar to open a new tab. See:


It took me a while to realize this.


Found here

  1. Visit about:config and proceed by agreeing to the risk button

  2. Search browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInTabs. Double click on that to change to true if found. Or right click New >Boolean, enter the preference name as browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInTabs. Change its value as true, done.

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