How to open search results in Firefox in a new tab [Guide]

Love using the search bar in Firefox yet annoyed that a search takes over the current tab? This very quick guide will teach you exactly how you can make all searches open in a new tab! Let’s get started!

Before We Begin

If you change your mind and want to change it back, follow the guide again and do the opposite.

The method described in this guide will work on any desktop operating system that supports Firefox — including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Open Firefox Search Results In A New Tab

Open up a new tab and type about:config.

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Inside the about:config search box, type Under value, change false to true.

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Once you’ve changed the value from false to true, restart Firefox. Restarting is not totally necessary, but it’s probably a good idea to do so.  When Firefox has re-opened, every search you input into the search box will now open inside a new tab.


Firefox is a wonderful browser, but like all browsers, it needs to be tweaked and configured to be perfect. This little tweak seems insignificant but it’s actually a great way to increase browser usability. Enjoy!

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  • etim

    OK–with time, I’ve found he answer of how to open History links in a new tab,too.
    Just hold down the ‘control’ key when you click your desired link in History.

  • Brilliant – works for me and very useful. Thanks

  • etim

    [@etim] Edit–no, I guess it does work–sometimes.
    If I click on the little magnifying glass it opens in the same tab. If I just hit enter, the search opens in a new one.

  • etim

    [@kathy] Oops–you’re right–it doesn’t work for me either. Too bad, that would have been handy.

  • kathy

    I tweaked a while back but it still opens in the same tab. So frustrating. Used to have an add on that solved this issue but it didn’t update along with Firefox so quit working when Firefox went into the 20 series.

  • etim

    Thanks, that’s a nice little tweak. I’d like to find one to open “History” links in a new tab, too. Any chance of that?