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If you click on a link in Firefox with the third mouse button (the scroll wheel button), it will open that link directly into a new tab. You can also close tabs by clicking on them with the third mouse button. This is somthing I use all the time, and it's a huge timesaver.
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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: McDriver on Oct 20, '06 08:02:39AM

Works in safari too



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: michaelj on Oct 20, '06 08:32:24AM

Command-clicking will also do this.



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: Oceanhints1 on Oct 20, '06 10:43:24AM

This doesn't work for a Mighty Mouse if you have the middle button set to Application Switcher not Button 3.



edit: I just typed the above and realised how obvious it is!! :)



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: stephenpen543 on Oct 20, '06 10:52:56AM

wow, thanks very much
its a bit wierd clicking the middle button as I only use it for scrolling at the moment, but I think i'm going to use this hint a lot

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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: giulio on Oct 20, '06 11:37:07AM

No good for me neither. I use that button for Expose.

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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: VesperDEM on Oct 20, '06 12:42:15PM

Wow, really, this info is new to you folks? I have been using the middle button/scroll wheel button to open and close tabs in Firefox for about as long as I have been using Firefox! That was on a Windows box at first. When I moved to the Mac, I expected it to work.

Now, mind you, those who don't have access to a multi-button mouse won't be able to do this. However, when I first bought a Mac back in 2001, I used a Microsoft optical mouse instead of the mouse that came with it because I can't stand not having access to a right button and a scroll wheel.

When I bought my MacBook recently, I bought a mouse with left and right buttons and a scroll wheel. Now that I have my Mac Pro, I have been using the Mighty Mouse and, other than some problems with games and not being able to "press both left and right buttons at the same time", I'm loving this mouse.

If this site just had hints like this one, I probably wouldn't have bothered posting this comment, but since I see some pretty high level hints in here, I'm really surprised that this one made it in here.



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: taxi on Oct 20, '06 05:42:37PM

The scroll button has the same functionality as the Middle button, on old three-button mice.

It's fairly well known that FF uses button 3 as the shortcut for open in new tab.

The other thing I have to make FF better it TabX, as it puts the close button for each tab on the tab itself. Saves accidentally closing two windows by clicking it twice.

The bit about closing tabs by middle-clicking on them was new for me, though.



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: scotty321 on Oct 21, '06 07:28:34AM

Actually, Safari does this functionality one better than FireFox.

In fact, this very feature in Safari is keeping me from moving over to Firefox full-time, because i use this feature in Safari all the time:

In Safari, whenever your cursor is inside any search field on any webpage, including if you're in the built-in Google search tool bar up at the top of the browser or if you're in the URL address bar at the top — and you hold down the COMMAND KEY when you hit RETURN on your keyboard, it always opens up the resulting page in a NEW TAB.

I totally love this— what this means is that I don't have to open up a new tab FIRST when I want another tab as the result of a search — I just do the search in my current webpage and hold down the COMMAND KEY when I press return to trigger a new tab.

Does anyone know how to do this in Firefox?

Thanks,
Scott



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: RobinC on Oct 22, '06 06:41:32AM

It works with command+enter on seamonkey (the replacement for the full mozilla suite) - although it's not in Firefox 1.5 it will hopefully make it into later versions.

If you're ever unsure of extra settings in firefox (the prefs is abysmal, one reason I only have it for checking compatability of websites I code) you can always go to "about:config" and type things into the filter bar - sadly I don't know (from seamonkey) which actual entry is used for it...

Robin



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Open links in tabs in Firefox via scroll wheel clicks
Authored by: jaysoffian on Oct 23, '06 08:52:12PM

As long as we're posting our favorite mouse tips, I have my Mighty Mouse setup (via SteerMouse) thusly (for my browsers):

middle (scrollwheel click) - open link in new tab
squeeze (side buttons) - close tab/window
scroll-left - go back in history
scroll-right - go forward in history

I previously used an Intellimouse, but wanting to switch to a BT mouse and not finding anything better than the MM, I figured I'd give it a try. Thought I'd miss the fourth/fifth buttons but using the scroll wheel left/right works out well.

j.



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