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Firefox new windows at random times

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ffnewwindowbug I was ready to trash Firefox after the last upgrade. Tabs kept turning into new windows in response to trivial mouse movements. It’s a bug — an extremely annoying one — clicking a tab once and then moving your mouse down causes a new window to open.

To fix, download this “Disable detach and tear off tab” addon:


  • Install it.
  • Click tools >> Add-ons (or type Alt-T, Alt-A).
  • On the bug489729, click “Options”.
  • Check “Disable detach tab”.
  • Click “OK”.

Enabling “Drop URL” will restore an older Firefox feature that lets you drag a Tab to a folder to create a link.

Written by Al Stevens

August 11th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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  1. I purchased the Asus 1005HA-P net book with the 2GB 667 Mhz memory along with the sleeve about a month ago and have not encountered any problems. I wanted a net book so I could read my emails while traveling but so far I’m just getting use to it. The net book connected to my FIOS wireless network without any problems. Since I’m changing to a wireless printer I have not tried to connect it to any printer. The touch pad is very sensitive and it takes some getting use to. The feature I like the most is being able to use the touch pad to change the size of the font using the two fingers. This is a really nice feature for those of us with limited eye sight and it works well for reading emails.

    K. McBain

    22 Dec 09 at 23:34

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