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Where have the tabs gone in my Firefox?


polymath
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They disappeared recently, about the time I updated to Firefox 12.0 (I haven't been changing any settings lately). A tab used to appear for each web page I visited, that stayed visible until I closed it; now there's only a tab for the page I'm on.

I tried a little cross at the top left labelled 'open new tab', but I couldn't see anything happening. A little down arrow next to it, called 'list all tabs', just tells me what web page I can see in front of me (however many I've visited in the session). Tools - options - tabs has the option 'Open new window in a new tab instead', but it has no effect that I can see.

Is it some setting I could do/a feature of FF 12/me being dim/a combination of these? I can still use History to go back to recent pages, but it means quitting the current page. A task I want to do needs 2 web locations open at once.

Under History I can see 'Recently closed tabs' and 'Recently closed windows' options, but they're greyed out.

Vista SP2, Adobe Flash Player & Foxit Reader were also updated recently. I use AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 (updating automatically) & Windows firewall.

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polymath

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Thanks Woolwell. The nearest thing to a centre button on my mouse is the scroll wheel, so I tried it when clicking on a link, and it works! (Its tab stays).

Is this normal behaviour for the latest Firefox then? (Having the different kind of click for staying open) If so, I can see it might be a good idea, but I wish they'd somehow told me about it!

rdave13; as a matter of fact I have been fending off some toolbars, including Ask, while updating software recently. I'll check for any that might have slipped through the net! I was unable to dodge a Foxit PDF Creator Toolbar (though I did unselect it from Firefox's toolbar list).

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Woolwell

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Use of the scroll wheel has been like that for a long time.

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hssutton

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Woolwell

I've been following this thread, because a few days ago the same happened to me. W7 64bit and yes the scroll wheel solved the problem.

Trouble is my aging brain has now got something else to remember.

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Woolwell

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hssutton - the W7 64 bit is irrelevant. The browser and its settings are what matter. But I've always used click/scroll wheel for a new tab. As for the brain I find that mine overwrites some information!

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polymath

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It's the first I've heard of that use of the scroll wheel, Woolwell. Since moving here 20 years ago, I've hardly ever seen another person using computers; it's just me, sites like PC Advisor, and trial & error! (Though I did learn about computers fairly thoroughly back in London in the 1980s, which is still useful).

I'm sure the Firefox I've just updated from was the latest version until recently, but I might be wrong. Does the scroll-wheel click apply to other browsers/other types of software?

I don't think our brains actually overwrite things - it's just the difficulty of remembering all the filenames when we've accumulated so many.

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Woolwell

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It works with other browsers.

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polymath

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Thanks Woolwell.

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