Middle Click with Firefox
berryja at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 03:58:47 UTC 2005
On 8/22/05, James Wilkinson <fedora at westexe.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> Jonathan Berry wrote:
> > I recently noticed in the Windows version of Firefox, I can middle
> > click on a tab and Firefox will close that tab.
> Go to about:config (you type that in the Location bar = Address bar),
> and set middlemouse.contentLoadURL to false.
> (I've certainly got this working the way I want, and I *think* that was
> the setting...)
Bingo! That was it exactly. Now middle click to close works and I
don't get middle clicks sending me to pseudo-random pages.
> > I've also noticed that sometimes
> > middle clicking on a page (not on a link) will take me to seemingly
> > random pages. Some tests just now reveal that the page it goes to
> > seems to have something to do with what word was highlighted, like the
> > auto copy/paste with the middle button feature.
> This is the standard X select and paste mechanism: you can highlight
> something with the left mouse button, and paste it elsewhere with the
> centre button. Very useful once you've got the hang of it, although it's
Middle click to "auto-paste" is a great feature of Linux. I use it
all the time.
> rather annoying when you want to paste over something in the address
> bar: you highlight the old address, delete it -- and then realise you've
> just highlighted the old address, so you've lost what you wanted to
> This, I suppose, is why "middle-click = load this URL" is useful...
Yeah, it makes sense, but I don't like the way it masks the other
features. I usually just hit Ctrl+T to bring up a new tab that has a
blank address bar, though. So, it's not very useful to me, which I
guess is why it is an option :). Too bad the myriad of about:config
options aren't better documented or more readily available. Aren't
preferences supposed to be in Preferences (or options in Options)? :)
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