Closed Bug 245747 Opened 18 years ago Closed 18 years ago
Firefox insists on opening a new window rather than reusing an existing window
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040606 Firefox/0.8.0+ Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040606 Firefox/0.8.0+ I use FeedDemon to view my new subscriptions and I tell it [FeedDemon] to open links in my default external browser (Firefox). Now, although Firefox opens the link, I am getting a new Window each time, instead of FeedDemon re-using the browser windows as it should. On most of the recent branch builds (last 3-4 days), a new window is opened each time... However it works correctly on the latest trunk build. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Use a recent branch build. 2. Tell FeedDemon to use default browser. 3. Click a link in FeedDemon. Actual Results: New Firefox windows are opened each time. Expected Results: 1. Use any build. 2. Tell FeedDemon to use default browser. 3. Click a link in FeedDemon. 4. Watch as the existing window is re-used. (DEFAULT/PROPER BEHAVIOUR)
Still evident on: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040608 Firefox/0.8.0+ As before, I've tried a trunk build and a branch, and the problem is only on the branch build. The author of FeedDemon (Nick Bradbury) has confirmed this isn't a problem with FeedDemon.
I've changed the summary, as I've just noticed that windows aren't being re-used when using Outlook, Outlook Express etc, not just FeedDemon.
Summary: Multiple Windows are Opened when using FeedDemon → Multiple Windows are Opened from external programs
I'm seeing the same behavior; with 0.8 I used to get an email with 3-4 links in it and click a link, go to firefox and ^-T to get a new tab, the click the 2nd link in the email, etc. That way I could open a bunch of links in a tabbed browser window. Now when I click a link in outlook, it opens TWO new Firefox windows, rather than using the existing browser.
Just confirmed this is still a problem with the latest (2004-06-19) build for Win32 (XP).
Hello, i have same problem with FireFox 0.9 (XP and W98SE). No problem with Firefox 0.8+ 20040605
I'm seeing this behaviour from outlook 2003 as well. When I click on a link in an email, I have two Firefox windows open with the content from the link location. I'm using the release build of 0.9. I had no problems of this nature with 0.8. Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.9 I just tested it in an older build of Thunderbird 0.6/20040502 and clicking on a link exhibited the same behaviour as above - two windows opening.
(In reply to comment #6) > I just tested it in an older build of Thunderbird 0.6/20040502 and clicking on a > link exhibited the same behaviour as above - two windows opening. I think you have a different problem. The problem I am describing is the fact that Firefox is not re-using existing windows, and opens a new window for every clicked link.
Changed to the summary to more accurately reflect the problem. From: Multiple Windows are Opened from external programs To: Firefox insists on opening a new window rather than reusing an existing window I think this will help solve the confusion between this bug and bugs like BUG 246078 Sorry, I should have made this clearer in the beginning.
Summary: Multiple Windows are Opened from external programs → Firefox insists on opening a new window rather than reusing an existing window
My apologies. I have created a new bug for the behaviour I experienced. It can be found at http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=248593
*** Bug 247324 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
(In reply to comment #10) > *** Bug 247324 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. *** Still doesn't work correctly in 0.9.1 on Windows XP (Home or Pro).
Confirming that the release version of FF 0.9.1 is still knackered. I've found that installing the Tabbrowser Preferences extension from <http://www.pryan.org/mozilla/site/TheOneKEA/tabprefs/> and configuring it to open external links in current tab restores the pre 0.9 behaviour. However, as this requires the user to install an extension, this is only a workaround... not a fix. Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040626 Firefox/0.9.1
The tabprefs plugin at least constrains the external links to tabs, but it's still opening 2 tabs (vs. 2 windows without the extension). External programs appear to be sending the link TWICE; it either opens 2 windows or 2 tabs, depending on the configuration.... still sub-optimal. I'm about to go back to 0.8 it's getting so annoying.
(In reply to comment #13) > The tabprefs plugin at least constrains the external links to tabs, but it's > still opening 2 tabs (vs. 2 windows without the extension). External programs > appear to be sending the link TWICE; it either opens 2 windows or 2 tabs, > depending on the configuration.... still sub-optimal. I'm about to go back to > 0.8 it's getting so annoying. Rich, I think your problem is related more to BUG 246078 than this one. Gavin Treadgold (see above), who was experiencing the same problem as you, opened up BUG 248593 which was later marked as a dupe of BUG 246078.
I coasted in here after fixing the double-window open problem (Bug #246078) and was mortified to find some in that discussion talking about this never-reuse-windows behavior as a possible 'feature.' If it is, the option to turn it off is necessary for those of us using older machines with limited resources. While opening ten or twenty separate windows/tabs may not be a problem with new machines, it's an invitation to crash the system when you're running closer to the bone.
I found a bit of a workaround for this behavior: The Tabbrowser Preferences extension ( http://www.pryan.org/mozilla/site/TheOneKEA/tabprefs/ ) allows you to control the window-spawning behavior, and lets you force external links to open in the current window. I'd consider this a workaround more than a solution, mostly because A) same-window usage is in significant demand (as is the new-window usage, thus the need to be able to set it in the options), and B) many applications have context-menu options to open a link in a new or the current window, which is completely lost by forcing new windows open every time C) TBP forces the same window to be reused every time, even if you select "open in new window," again negating the widespread functionality of many other applications.
Jonathan Dagger, don't remove people from the CC list.
This will be fixed by bug 172962 shortly. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 172962 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 18 years ago
Component: General → Tabbed Browser
QA Contact: firefox.general → firefox.tabbed-browser
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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