Firefox 3.6 includes a new feature where new tab, when click on a hyperlink that targeted to open in new window or tab, middle-click a link, or right click a link and select “Open Link in New Tab”, will be inserted and opened right next after the current or existing active tab containing the link in the Tab bar. The behavior facilitate the related tabs, where tabs for origin web page and web pages that are open by following hyperlinks that span from origin page are grouped together.

Blank new tab continue to open at the far right end of the Tab bar. Previously, before Firefox version 3.6, all new tabs are added at the far right end of the Tab bar of the popular web browser to surf Internet. The change make Firefox tab behavior to be almost similar to Internet Explorer, specifically IE7 and IE8. Firefox users who can’t get used to the new tab opening style, and want to revert and get back to the old way of opening new tabs, where all new tabs are inserted and added at the far right end of the Tabbar after all existing tabs, use the following how-to trick to make the change.

How to Open New Tab At the End of Tab Bar After All Existing Tabs in Firefox and Disable Insert Next to Current Tab

  1. In Firefox, type about:config into Location bar.

    Firefox About:Config

  2. Click on I’ll be careful, I promise! button.

    Firefox Preferences Change Warning

  3. In the filter text box, enter the following text string:


    Alternatively, manually locate the preference name above.

  4. The default boolean value for the browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent is “true”. Double click on the browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent to change its value to false.

    Disable Open New Tab Next to After Current Tab Where Link Clicked

  5. Close the tab, and the change will take effect immediately.

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  • Ben

    I tried it,
    using firefox 19, and when i click open new tab it still opens it at the end and not after the current active tab no matter if its false or true


    • Ano

      i noticed this as well i want it to open new tabs or whether i search for something by right click NEXT to the tab i was using last, i could have 20 tabs open at any one time i dont want to keep scrolling through to find the tab i was last on

  • race boyer

    thanks once again!

  • saikumar

    how to redirect a page with in a page by using css ?

    tell me the code

  • Greg

    Hi, do you know how I can make version 7 of Firefox on Mac to allow me to scroll between tab’s with JUST the Arrow keys (like old versions), without the need to also hold down alt and cmd.


  • IceKat

    Thank you, thank you!!! I hate that way of doing tabs. I put them where I want them but I need to work out where they are first!

    BTW if you hate the new layout try the firefox 3 theme for firefox 4. LOL. It puts most things back in place. You can also change the "save and quit" option in the 'about:config' option. browser.showQuitWarning should be set to 'true' to enable it.

  • Stun Gun – thanks. I just upgraded to 4.0, and now I find the same issue – I *want* new tabs to open next to the current tab, because otherwise they are miles apart (I usually operate with 15 or so tabs open).

    I will try the plugin you suggest, but it does seem strange to me that a plugin is required. I wonder whether FF4 ignoring the config option is a feature or a bug? I suspect it is a bug and will raise it if it has not already been raised with Mozilla.

    — Jason

  • Bex


    As I open tabs in the order I want them this change was more than annoying.

  • Stun Gun

    Most everyone here is a fan of new tabs opening to the far right; perhaps they are creatures of habit. Logically, however, if you have a lot of tabs open, it is very inconvenient for the new tab to appear on the other side of the moon. (You have to scroll like the dickens to get to the new, relevant tab… who needs that?)

    I have Firefox 4.0 now, and it looks like the default setting is now set all the way to the right — which should make a lot of the commenters here happy. (Maybe the Firefox engineers spotted this page and felt very intimidated.) Me, I was looking for a way to change it so that the tab will open next to the one I'm on.

    I read one the nicely written and very intelligent comment of one of the few here who argued the far-right opening is counter-productive (since when has the far right been productive?) – Pedro. Pedro wrote that he tried the "about:config" trick but noticed that the default setting was set on "true" anyway. Guess what — me too.

    So the question became, as Pedro also asked for such help to no avail among the sea of far-righters around here — how do you set the tab to open next to the current one, instead of to the far right?

    I poked around to see if I could find the answer to this dilemma, and here is what worked for me:

    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.

    Basically, the solution entails the installation of the "Tab Mix Plus" add-on, which offers a handy-dandy way to control tab openings. It's much better than the "about: config" trick, which is hardly fail-safe. This add-on offers other benefits to make the lives of Firefox users easier, too.

  • Tucker

    I have lost more good finds to that idiocy than I can count (you'd think I'd learn … but I keep trying different solutions that aren't). The idea of taking over an open tab to use for the new search/find is the same as renting out hotel rooms that already have people in them and just dumping the bed of previous tenants out the window. Well, ok, maybe its not. Hugely frustrating in any event. One of the few REALLY STUPID things I've seen Firefox pull. I always gave "it" credit for more I.Q. points than competing browsers. Anyway, fix is much appreciated.

  • Ben

    Thanks! Article was perfect; short, accurate and to the point.

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  • Lars


    thanks allot this have been bugging me for a long time even sent Mozilla a message about it asking them to put this in as a option in the

    setting for user to chose if they wanted this or not in a new version since they say firefox is the most customizable browser and this would not have been hard for them to do

    but no response and no changes this was many version ago…

    anyway now it is fixed for now anyway thanks again.

  • datty

    thank you so much for this extremely useful tip. I always google my problems away and have them solve instantly, so that means I could care less about the author. But I left a complimentary comment here! This means a lot, thanks.

  • Evans

    when I type about.config into the address bar, it tries to find a website at http://www.about.config. How do I stop it doing this?

  • shanito

    thanks!!! was driving me crazy

  • Mando

    hhhhhh,Well done :D

    that was more than useful

    am gonna bookmark website :)

  • Kamikaze

    Thanks a lot, I got crazy everytime new FF opened new tags at the left of the main tag. And now the problem disaapeared after this great tip. Have a nice year.

  • Jim

    Thank you kindly.

  • Phil Cooper

    Arabs and Hebrews might enjoy the Firefox 3.6 default new tab behavior, essentially putting them in right-to-left order, but it's an abomination for the rest of the world. (Maybe Chinese would like the tabs to open from top to bottom?)

    Thanks for the tip. Users who prefer the "new improved" behavior evidently have their thought processes stuck in reverse gear. As one goes down a Web page clicking on links to open them in new tabs, the logical sequence for people who read and write most European languages is for later material to appear farther to the right.

  • TXXT

    Oh lawd, thanks a lot!!!

  • I actually prefer the new tab opening behaviour.

    Then I right click and select [Open Link in New Tab] I find it more logical and convenient for that related link to open next to the tab in which the link appeared. This, as the author explained, is to help keep related links together … which I personally think is a more natural behaviour.

    For example, in a paper environment, one normally places "Post It Notes" on the page to which the note replies, not on the last page in the book.

    However, I understand for those who have become used to the old behaviour, that this may be a surprise at first. On the other hand, I suspect most will end-up preferring the new behaviour if they get used to it.

    Remember also, that now you can re-order tabs, click on a tab and drag it to a new location. This helps to keep tabs in a logical sequence. Also, note that you can drag and drop tabs from one window to another window, or even to a new window (if you drag and drop a tab from its position and drop in the middle of the window) then it emerges as a new window. In combination, all of these new features help users to keep related tabs together and grouped in their own individual windows if preferred.

    However, my reason for being here is the opposite of what is presented.

    Something unknown happened such that now, unexpectedly, my browser (3.6.12) now opens new tabs at the end, instead of (as before) next to the tab from which I launched the new one. THIS is really annoying to me, since I expected and actually want the new tab to open next to the tab where I found the link for the new tab (per my Post It Note analogy).

    Then, if I believe this article, I would expect that the preference "browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent" has been changed to "false" … however, to my surprise, I find it is actually set to "true".

    So, clearly, there is something else that is causing new tabs to open at the end, , other than this specific preference setting.

    Does anyone else know what else can affect this belabour? Is there something that can over-ride the "browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent" preference settings?!?

    Remember, I want new tabs opened using [Open Link in New Tab] to open next to the current tab (where I found the link I am trying to open.

    I don't know if this is relevant, but I am using AVG AV, and this includes its own AVG search tool bar and also has changed the appearance of new (blank) tabs so that they now show AVG search … so I suspect they may have also changed other settings and preferences. Or maybe it is something else.

    Any ideas, suggestions?!?


  • Tom hanks very very

    Tom hanks very very much, really, you rock!

  • Thanks very very much, I was going crazy with the new way of browsing.

  • Jen

    Thanks very much. A life saver

  • Suraj

    Thanks mate..

    this was really driving me crazy..


  • Andy

    Thanks a lot, you saved my sanity :o)

    I cant understand why they cant put this into normal settings tab and/or preserve original behavior and make this optional….

  • Static

    Firefox Should Sack the idiot who thought of this and every one who supported its implementation.

  • Ghaz

    Thanks a bunch! Now I can keep my constant tabs in the same spot.

  • max

    Thank you very much this was driving me crazy

  • Arlette

    Thanks so much. It was driving me crazy. Firefox shouldn't change anything ;-).

  • Ace

    Thanks for that. Strange it's not a more easily accessible option.

  • Frank

    Thanks very much for this post I agree with the above comments, give us choice don't foist your UI changes on us.

  • gilknut

    Thank you so much — simply incomprehensible why they made this change, but even more absurd that they didn't at least include the option to change it back to the logical state.

  • J


    I understand the need for change but not the lack of choice in placement under options.

  • sheryar

    thanks a lot!!!

  • wong cerbon

    Download Microsoft INFO bro, because for kliker PTC like me, how old is more effective than a new way of existing in version 3.6.6.

  • Mike

    Thank you… just thank you.

  • Marcelo

    Great help, I just upgraded from 3.5 to 3.6, and in 3.5 I was using this behavior, and was annoying to have the link open in the tab beside the opener

  • SFdude

    this was driving me nuts!


  • SFdude

    This was driving me nuts…


  • Jommy

    THANK YOU! The new change was driving me insane.

    I am a TABaholic and use them endlessly. After opening a link in a new tab, I automatically go to the right, without thinking, to see the tab I just opened. Also, my brain memorizes the positions of the tabs left to right, I don't need Firefox to "group" things for me, when usually I am browsing a particular topic and all the tabs are ALREADY grouped by topic in said window.

    Sorry for the rant.


  • Carolina

    ¡¡Muchísimas gracias!! Thank you very much!

  • Darko

    Thanks! I don't know why I was waiting several weeks to change it…

  • kunthar

    thank you.

  • Patricia

    Thank you, you saved my sanity!

  • Kerst


  • Ken

    Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

  • deiseach

    Fantastic. A trivial thing that was bugging the hell out of me. Many thanks

  • Patrizio

    Thank you thank you thank you.
    Cards that did not open his right gave me trouble!

  • Bryn H

    Thank you for this.

    This new [and unrequested] function was beginning to annoy me and mess with my permatab set up!


  • malaki86

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this!!!

    Sucks that they made the change as the default so that it's similar to IE7/IE8. There are reasons people DON'T use IE and want something different.

  • ronnie9158

    Thank you, it's working

  • Harun

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

    Like everyone else that has posted this was driving me crazy too!

  • Atrox

    Thank you! Thank you!

  • Aubrey

    I just did this trick and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing. Seems like there's a lot of people that prefer the old way Firefox runs!

  • bandar.s

    Thanks a lot I was looking for this .

    The new tab order is really stupid from Firefox

  • Kgr

    Works perfectly. Thank YOU very much!

  • Xanderrr

    Thank you for this, it would have taken me longer than a quick google search if I was on my own!

  • Jinete Fantasma


    Thank you very much!

  • anon

    THANK YOU!!!

  • zxc

    Thanks heaps, works like a charm

  • tosh

    thanks, mate, this was doing my head in. I was nervous though. I wouldn't want to void my warranty on a free browser I replace every 3 months. It was like defusing a bomb! which wire? The red one? Bite the bullet time!

    Cheers, again.

  • Ro

    Any way to change the behavior that li mentioned of after closing the tab at the end / far right, the focus now goes to the last tab rather than to the last active tab?

    Thanks to the author for this tip.

    Firefox should have given people a normal way to change this like by going to Tools > Options. I think someone should create a petition for this. I am sure that there are many people annoyed with this new behavior in Firefox 3.6

  • B


    Why they change the default behaviour of browsers when there is a new release?

    Didn't expect this from Firefox.

  • Jonny

    Thanks. Also, I think Li makes a good point earlier about where the focus changes to on closing a tab.

  • god++

    THANKS!!! I hate it when browsers do changes of that magnitude that affect users who have been using the browser for a long time (and gotten used to it), and THEN not leaving an option to revert it, making us have to find ways to solve it.

    At least this was simple, otherwise I would have seriously started to consider changing browsers.

  • K-Man

    Thank you SO much! This was driving me insane! I can't believe they can't put a preference option for this (in the Tabs section of preferences, ya think?) when they change such a basic feature.

  • Kamil

    Hot thanks! Terribly annoyed me to open soon on the right side of the card. Sad that it had removed the option from the settings.

  • LittleJim

    I agree with all the above!!! I knew it had to do with the latest Firefox update but I wasn't sure how to find the answer. THANKS !!!!!

  • SteveP

    THANK YOU!!!!!!! THIS WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fly

    Thanks a lot!!! I love you!

  • Bruce

    Works perfectly. THANK YOU! I hated that!

  • Mauro

    Amigok Thanks, I was going crazy with the new avriacion, is very bad and slow the work!

  • easy you are the king!

  • sonofjay

    Thanks a ton for posting this. It was starting absolutely driving me insane.

  • Vilda

    Thanks so much for this… Can't stand when FF goes IE…

  • Svein

    Well, disabling this one have no effect on my firefox :(

    Any suggesions?

  • Tomodachi

    thanks it was driving me crazy

  • Sarah

    Thank you thank you thank you !!!! I was really irked when I upgraded and the tabs started opening up to the immediate right. Agreed that something like this should be in preferences.

  • Devand

    Thanks a ton… this was really starting to get under my skin.

  • bob

    thanks allot! lifesaver!

  • zounds

    Thank you! Was driving me nuts!

  • Lexington

    Thanks so much !! This was annoying the hell out of me !! I really appreciate it !

  • Toxic Brain

    I was looking for this. Thanks buddy.

  • hdzcreations

    This was making me crazy. thanks for the solution to it

  • Murray

    I wish Mozilla would stop changing default behavior. Make it an option for people who want it, that's cool. But stop changing the way it normally works so I have to go and "fix" it. The same thing happened when they added that stupid new tabs button and then the close current tab button.

  • JF

    You sir are a gentleman and a scholar!

  • Simon

    VERY VERY nice. Thanks. Hate that update.

  • chip

    thanks. drove me nuts!

  • TNO


    That new tab order was annoying. Thumbs down to Mozilla for that one.

  • Simon

    Another happy customer. Thanks.

    I can't believe they arbitrarily changed such intrinsic behavior and provide no option to return to how it used to work. This is more like IE then just how the tabs behave!

  • Z

    finally!! this new tab order is so annoying!!!

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luis

    I was annoyed because of this way for opening tabs, but I am happy with this solution. Thanks.

  • John

    Thank you! I didn't know what to search in google to find an answer to this, but sure enough, here it is.

  • Pencil Twin

    You're a natural born mind reader of people just trying to keep getting things done. Salamat!

  • Bronson

    Thank you, made my day.

  • li

    Well, there's still a problem, because when you close the newly open-to-the-far-right tab, you jump to the the next to the last tab. Which is probalby not what you want, and which is not the way ff3.5 was behaving, it was returning back to the previously active tab.

    If you consider it carefully, you prefer to open new tabs to the far right because you want to stack it up for later. But sometimes you just quickly open a new tab, jump to it, and then want to jump back to your previous level in the stack.

    I'm afraid this hasn't be considered by firefox developers…

  • m0deth


    Does FF really need to be like IE or Chrome in this horrid way of doing things.

    Personally I don't see how anyone needs this if you KNOW the new tab is at the end…

    Another case of the Mozilla Foundation playing "me too!"

  • stephanie


    why this isn't simply a check box in with the other tab preferences i don't know, but at least i don't have to get angry after inadvertently closing the wrong tab for the billionth time :x

  • thedude

    thanks, man that was annoying

    worse is the fact they didn't make option for users to choose which style they want

  • Kevin

    Firefox changing that was annoying me since i've had the newest update.

    Thank you!

  • Sprankle

    U are God! :D

    i was so disappointed that the Mozilla Foundation changed it. :|

  • Oliver

    Thanks for the tip :)