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double click firefoxDouble-clicking (and double tapping) is one of the preferred mouse (or touch pad) actions for me. It’s quick and easy and helps to get things done faster. Sadly, double-clicking is really under-utilized in Firefox.

The only thing you can do by double-clicking in Firefox is highlighting the word right next to the cursor. Besides that (which is a less-known behavior), if you double-click the 2-3 pixel wide bar just beneath tabs, it opens a new empty tab in the foreground.

So is there any way to get more out of double-click action in Firefox? Yes, there are several ways to actually.

1. Close The Current Tab By Double Click

Close Tab by Double Click is a simple lightweight Firefox addon that does just one thing: lets you close a current tab with two clicks of your mouse.

Note: The only thing to add here is that with this addon, if you have only one tab, the double click will close the current Firefox window (which will often make you start Firefox again). This can be changed in your browser about:config settings.

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Just type :

browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab

and change the value to false:

double click firefox

Here’s a less-known addon that can do the same thing but it also has an option to close the tab on three clicks (which, I imagine, can be quite handy as well):

doubleclick firefox

2. Show Context Menu On Double Click

DoubleClick ContextMenu is sure to be appreciated by Opera fans who are considering Firefox as their default browser. It prompts Firefox to show an Opera-like context menu when you double click on text:

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3. Reload The Current Tab On Double Click

Reload Tab On Double-Click does exactly what you would expect it to do: it reloads the current tab when you double-click on it (and it does “full” / no-cache / hard reload if you hold SHIFT when double-clicking):

SHIFT + double click = reload the page skipping the browser cache.

Note: be sure you remember you have this addon installed. In some cases, it can result in loss of data (with almost completed forms, etc).

4. Open Links In A New Tab By Double-Clicking On Them

DblClicker is a multi-feature Firefox addon that enables double-click action to open links, namely:

  • Double-click a link to open it in a new tab.
  • Double-click a link in your bookmarks to open it in a new tab.
  • Double-click a link in your browser history to open in new tab.

In all cases the new tab will open in the background (which is quite handy).

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That being said, if you prefer to open links in new tabs, having this add-on installed (or at least trying it out) is a must for you!

There are quite a few options that you can set in the addon settings:

  • Auto-hide history and bookmarks toolbars after clicking a link there;
  • Set Double-click tab action:
    • Default: Duplicate Tab
    • Close Tab
    • None: to avoid conflicts when using other tab clicking extensions.
  • New tab options: whether it open in the background or foreground:

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Are there any other FireFox double click actions you are aware of? Please share them in the comments!

  1. acmz123
    December 14, 2010 at 2:49 am

    In my opinion Firefox is really wonderful, which is faster and easy handled, but IE is ok too, well if it's really slow, you can try a pc cleaning software to improve its performance, try tuneup360, I’m sure it can surprise you!

  2. Filip
    October 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    "if you double-click the 2-3 pixel wide bar just beneath tabs, it opens a new empty tab in the foreground."

    Yeah, maybe check that again, dumbo, it's not only the 2-3 pixel bar (and it's tall not wide), but the whole tab bar, as long as you don't do it on an existing tab, of course.

  3. Filip
    October 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    "if you double-click the 2-3 pixel wide bar just beneath tabs, it opens a new empty tab in the foreground."Yeah, maybe check that again, dumbo, it's not only the 2-3 pixel bar (and it's tall not wide), but the whole tab bar, as long as you don't do it on an existing tab, of course.

    • Ann Smarty
      October 31, 2010 at 9:06 am

      Yeah, I tried many times. It works just as I described for me :)

      • Anonymous
        December 14, 2010 at 1:49 am

        In my opinion Firefox is really wonderful, which is faster and easy handled, but IE is ok too, well if it's really slow, you can try a pc cleaning software to improve its performance, try tuneup360, I’m sure it can surprise you!

  4. Dsds
    October 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    no need , just click your links with the middle mouse button.

  5. Mik
    October 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    "Rights To Close" add-on:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

    Very convenient, for a mouse user like me. I learned about the add-on via the Ghacks blog, and use it ever since:

    http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/...

  6. Mik
    October 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    "Rights To Close" add-on:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7855/

    Very convenient, for a mouse user like me. I learned about the add-on via the Ghacks blog, and use it ever since:

    http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/28/close-tabs-with-a-double-right-click-in-firefox/

  7. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Nice, that looks like its gonna be good dude.

  8. dcreators
    October 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    much better to use mouse gestures for all these things.so much hassle-free

  9. dcreators
    October 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    much better to use mouse gestures for all these things.so much hassle-free

  10. Johan Klos
    October 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I use keyboard shortcuts for this, doubleclicking is bad for you ;)

    CTRL T to open a new tab

    1. CTRL W to close current tab
    2. no shortcut for context menu
    3. F5 to reload a page
    4. CTRL leftclick to open in a new tab

  11. Johan Klos
    October 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I use keyboard shortcuts for this, doubleclicking is bad for you ;)

    CTRL T to open a new tab

    1. CTRL W to close current tab
    2. no shortcut for context menu
    3. F5 to reload a page
    4. CTRL leftclick to open in a new tab

    • Aibek
      October 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

      I am a heavy shortcut user as well but for some things like (opening a new tab) I find the mouse more convenient.

    • Ann Smarty
      October 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      I love keyboard shortcuts as well but I guess the double click is not to be used instead of keyboard - it can be ADDITIONAL help, not alternative one.

  12. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

    doubleclick for new tab is the best according to my opinion

    • Aibek
      October 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

      I second that!

    • lefty.crupps
      October 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      Agreed, thanks for bringing this addon to my attention!

  13. Internist
    October 10, 2010 at 3:38 am

    DoubleClick for Contextmenu is great, just installed it, works like a charm!

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