In FF, I can move a tab to a new window by either dragging the tab out of the browser, or right clicking the "move to New window" option from the context menu. is there a shortcut key to move the current tab to a new window without dragging or using the context menu, or a way to set one up?

Often, I like to look at 2 tabs side by side, so I drag one out, then hit WINDOWS KEY+ to put the detached tab on the right, then ALT+TAB to tab back to the main window, then WINDOWS KEY+ to put the main window on the left. It would be great if I could do the whole process on the keyboard.

I checked this documentation and did not find any shortcut key for detaching a tab:


Here's how to create your own keyboard shortcut to Detach a Firefox Tab to a New Window:

  1. Install the Keyconfig addon

  2. Open the Keyconfig Preferences by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F12 (On Mac it may be ⌘ Cmd+Shift+F12)

  3. Click Add a new key at the bottom left of the keyconfig window.

  4. Replace the contents of the Name field with the name of this command:

    Detach Tab to New Window
  5. Paste the following code into the /* CODE */ field:

  6. Click OK.

  7. Your new command will be marked as <Disabled> This means you need to set a keyboard shortcut for this command. Make sure your command is selected from the list of commands. Click inside the field at the bottom left of the window. It will highlight the contents and whatever keys you hit next will be entered inside that box. For example, you might use Ctrl+Alt+N. Or if you're a fan of Vim you might use Shift+Y.

  8. Click Apply and then click Close to close the keyconfig window. Test your keyboard shortcut by loading a window with at least 2 tabs and then use your new keyboard shortcut. The current tab should detach itself and form a new window.

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With Vimium-FF, it can be done by pressing W, i.e. shift + w.

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I like to use this shortcut sequence, which does what you want:

Ctrl-L # Focus URL
Ctrl-C # Copy it
Ctrl-W # Close current tab
Ctrl-N # Open new window
Ctrl-V # Paste 
Enter  # Open URL

Obviously it has side effects:

  1. Your buffer is overridden
  2. The page is reloaded (don't do it if you already put input on that page)
  3. It won't work if the current page captures Ctrl-L (like the StackExchange post editor, which has it mapped to "Insert Hyperlink" :-D)

But it doesn't require addons or code.

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  • What does "capture" mean in this context? Does it refer to something specific to browsers? Or does it just mean that Ctrl-L is ignored when the cursor is focused on an edit field, or some other element contained within the page? – Nicholas Cousar Oct 9 '19 at 21:05
  • Apparently a website may override shortcuts such as Ctrl-L. The StackExchange editor (the one you get when you answer a question) has Ctrl-L bound to "insert hyperlink", so you won't be able to focus the URL on that website or in that context. – exic Oct 11 '19 at 4:10

I found the best way to do this without any third party software. Basically, this is @exic solution with only 2 steps instead of 6 :

Ctrl + L : Focus address bar

Shift + Enter : Open url in new window

This of course has the same con as @exic of loading a new page instead of taking the current one out.

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    Strictly speaking, this doesn’t move the tab, it copies the tab — it creates a new window at the same URL as the existing tab while leaving the tab alone. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Jan 3 at 19:16
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    @G-ManSays'ReinstateMonica' so you downvote me because you're wrong ? Again : - " this is exic solution [...]" - "This of course has the same con of loading a new page instead of taking the current one out." ... – Atralb Jan 5 at 7:43
  • I’m tempted to tell you to read my comment again, or simply to ignore you. But I’m in a slightly good mood ATM, so I’ll explain my point. Yes, both answers reopen the page in a new window/tab, so there are multiple conditions in which it will be different. But exic’s answer contains a Ctrl+W to close the original tab. With yours, the page is still open in a tab in the original window. … … Do you understand the difference between “move” and “copy”? Can you see the difference between plain text and italic text? Did you see that my first comment said while leaving the tab alone in italics? – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Jan 5 at 19:17
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    @G-ManSays'ReinstateMonica' Coming back to this post, and I can't leave this conversation this way. You're unbelievably obnoxious and haughty while, even after a 5 message conversation, still unable to fully read/understand my post. How can you not comprehend this ==> *** " This of course has the con of loading a new page instead of taking the current one out. " ***. What you were obstinate to mention was already stated in my answer from the beginning. That said, adding Alt+Echap & Ctrl+W still makes it 2 steps quicker than the other one, but you needed to make an altercation out of it. – Atralb Feb 5 at 16:12

In addition to @Nic's answer, use the following code to also close the detached tab from the original window:

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  • This seems to be for Chrome, not Firefox. – Niels Bom Nov 5 at 12:44

Been using this plugin, which fits the bill, shortcuts are customisable.


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For a list of all keyboard shortcuts in FireFox, visit this website. For information on tab shortcuts, scroll down about halfway. I believe the one you are looking for is Insert or Shift+Insert.

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    I checked there first but didn't see anything. I should add that to the question. Insert and shift+insert don't do anything for me. – chiliNUT Feb 24 '15 at 4:33

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