Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 apparently introduces a new feature that if you click a link from one page and open it in a new tab, the new tab will be placed next to the current tab in the tab list. This quasi-grouping seems useful. If you open a link in a new tab from one page, one could easily assume that it’s related to the first tab’s content. For me, the only time I usually open a link in a new tab is usually when I’m in Google Reader or a news item from my iGoogle desktop. In these cases, the newly opened tab isn’t related to the initial tab, it just happens to have come from it. So, this related tab business was very annoying to me. If you too are annoyed by this, follow these simple steps to go back to the old way of doing things:
- Open a new tab and type ‘about:config’
- If you see a warning about voiding your warranty, or something to that effect, press ok
- In the filter search bar, type ‘tab’. Firefox will auto search for you
- Locate the key ‘browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent’
- Double click the value, this will switch it from true to false.