Firefox: Open Search Results in New Tab

Usually when I using google from the toolbar, I do not want to close out my current page. If you want to open a new tab when searching from the firefox toolbar, here are your options.

Typically when you search from the firefox toolbar, it changes out your current tab for your search results. Here is how to open that google search (or whatever search engine you choose) in a new tab.

After you input your text into the search box in the firefox toolbar, hold ALT when you press ENTER.

Yeah, ALT+ENTER will do it. Easy, huh?

If you want this to be your default way to search…

    1. In firefox, type about:config in the URL box
    2. In the filter box, paste this text:

    3. Change the value to true by double-clicking the previous “false” text.

It should look like this when you are done:



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23 Responses to “Firefox: Open Search Results in New Tab”

  1. October 07, 2008 at 3:41 am, gregory said:

    I changed the about:config setting and nothing and it’s driving me nuts any help out there?


  2. November 04, 2008 at 4:35 pm, admin said:

    I changed the configs & hit the magnifying glass, and it did NOT seem to work. However, if I hit the ENTER button instead of the mag. glass symbol, it did work just as promised. HTH


  3. December 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm, Truth said:



  4. December 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm, graemewa said:

    fab tip – much appretiated


  5. March 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm, Prateek said:

    Bingo Many thanks sir, I was looking for this option for long , never knew it was so easy. no need to install any addons


  6. April 06, 2009 at 12:44 pm, Voila said:

    perfect – thank you!!


  7. May 01, 2009 at 7:40 pm, ajax said:

    thank you


  8. May 27, 2009 at 5:01 am, Mike Macias said:

    Thanks for this it worked great! Now I can open my firefox search results in a new tab


  9. July 04, 2009 at 12:41 am, Name said:

    Does not work 3,5 :(


  10. July 09, 2009 at 7:19 pm, Anonymous said:

    Great tip! I’ve been trying to get this functionality for a long time, using addons that are now outdated.

    Works great in 3.5.


  11. July 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm, Sean Young said:

    very helpful – thx


  12. September 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm, 5cr1pt0r said:

    That was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you


  13. November 12, 2009 at 2:45 am, Flight said:

    good tip thanks


  14. December 21, 2009 at 7:37 pm, lawnmow3rg1rl said:

    THANK YOU. =]


  15. March 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm, Offbeat Dave said:

    Thank you! Now I can get rid of Google toolbar and free up a few mm on browsing space! Thanks!

    (Working in Firefox 3.6.2 – March 2010)


  16. October 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm, Olgaorel said:

    Thank you!!!


  17. January 13, 2011 at 11:28 am, Titamou said:

    I’m so greatful about this information. Thank you very much! You saved me of so much trouble!


  18. April 03, 2011 at 5:21 pm, shan said:

    Thanks for this. It works as long as you hit enter or one of the lists that pop up from google.


  19. December 03, 2011 at 10:35 pm, jasir said:

    i was using tab mix plus just for this one feature. well, mostly just for this. i can get rid of it now :)


  20. December 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm, james said:



  21. March 09, 2012 at 9:48 am, PW said:

    It worked! Thank you! :)


  22. August 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm, Felix said:

    thanks man, just what I was looking for


  23. August 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm, steph said:

    This is great. I’m going to use this as the slightly inelegant solution to my problem of opening a new tab to google without a mouse-click.

    Now, is there another easy fix that will delete the search text from the search box after it’s been searched for? For some reason it bothers me that my last search remains in the box for all to see.


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