How do I open a new tab in Mozilla Firefox?

Updated: 05/23/2017 by Computer Hope

There are different methods of opening a link in a new tab or opening a new tab in Mozilla Firefox. Below is a listing of all the different methods, sorted in the order we recommend.


Computer MouseToday, a computer mouse will almost always have a wheel in the middle of the two buttons, that enables a user to scroll up and down on a page. What many users don't know is that this wheel also can be used as a button by pressing it down. By default, pressing the wheel down or any middle or third-button mouse opens the link clicked on in a new window or tab.

Note: Some mouse developers may set this button to another feature. If your middle button does not open a new tab or does something different try adjusting the mouse button settings by following the steps below.

Open the mouse settings by clicking the mouse icon in the Windows Notification Area, and adjust the button settings through the developers software. If you do not have a mouse icon, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. In the Windows Control Panel, open the Printers and Other Hardware or the Mouse icon.
  3. In the Mouse Properties window under the buttons tab, change the action of the Wheel button to Middle-click. If you do not have a buttons tab it's likely that either the software for your mouse is not installed or you're using a mouse that's configured through another program.


When you see a link you'd like to open in a new tab right-click the link and select Open Link in New Tab.


If you would just like a blank new tab use the Ctrl+T shortcut to open a new tab.

Tab menu

Right-click in a blank portion of the tab bar and click New Tab.

File menu

Finally, a new blank tab can also be opened from the Firefox file menu by clicking File and selecting New Tab.

Other helpful Firefox tab tricks

  • Mistakenly close a tab? Press Ctrl+Shift+T to open the last closed tab. This action can be performed to open multiple tabs have been closed.
  • Tabs can be arranged by clicking on a tab and dragging it to the location you'd like it to be.
  • The tab menu has additional features to help manage and control the tabs currently opened. To access this menu, right-click on a blank portion of the tab bar or the down arrow at the end of the tab bar.

Additional information

  • See the Tab definition for further information and related links.