Firefox 3.6 and tab opening order

I finally upgraded to Firefox 3.6 and it has been as smooth a transition as I have come to expect from Mozilla. The one small thing that first left me confused and finally prompted me to go on a configuration trek was how Firefox now handles opening of tabs.

It is probably a pretty intuitive way of working with tabs, having related tabs (i.e. ones opened from links in a present page) open and sit right next to the present page tab, instead of appearing at the end of the tab list (waaaaay off to the right).

However, I’ve grown accustomed to it and, since I use vimperator, g$ has become second nature to me, instantly bringing me to the last tab in the list.

A friend also upgraded and came to the same conclusion, so I used my google-fu to find this discussion which quickly yielded the answer:

First order of business: Head over toabout:config, then search for browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent and set it to false.

I absolutely love Firefox for its configurability. You win again Mozilla!

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4 Responses to “Firefox 3.6 and tab opening order”

  1. archie says:

    Oh I have been longing for this feature. Cause I really want my tabs to open next to the one I’m currently viewing. Going to upgrade at once. And send LaTeX stuff to you.

  2. Patrik says:

    Awesome! Well they wouldn’t have changed the behavior unless people wanted it changed, so I’m happy for you, and happy for me that they left me the option to configure it back, simply win-win. :D

    Glad that I could be the bringer of good news to you, even if it were wholly unintentional ;D

    Oh yeah, the LaTeX stuff, I had almost forgotten about that already ;D I’ll be looking forward to it.

  3. I totally didn’t notice this change at all. I wonder if that makes me ignorant. :)

  4. Patrik says:

    Absolutely not. For most users who aren’t as set in their ways as I am ;) this is probably a big usability improvement, and they probably won’t even notice the change, they’ll just continue on along glad that tabs are ordered in relation to its “parent”.
    There are plenty of times where a new version of a software have changed something (to the better) where I just go “was this always like this?” but I am of course all too lazy to downgrade again just to check (sortof “the new version works, why bother?”)
    Part of life being a developer I guess, do something good, and most users will just carry on as if nothing happened, but do one small thing “wrong”… ;D