User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040707 Firefox/0.9.2 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040707 Firefox/0.9.2 When I open a new window (using File:New Window), it opens the full set of home pages again on the new browser instance. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1.Open Firefox 2.Select File|New Window Actual Results: The new browser opens with the set of home pages opened again. Expected Results: There are a few situations to cover: - File|New Window should open a new browser window with a blank page; the user can click the Home icon to reopen the homepages. It's a good balance between convenience and consistency. - The right-click (context) menu should include a option to open the current page in a new window (there is no such option now). While not really a bug, this behavior is not useful, and it can become quite annoying if you have a sizeble set of pages on your home setting, and if you open a new window (accidentally or not). If you just want a new browser window to do something different in a 'clean' environment, you have to close all the tabs before starting again. Also, there is question whether the new browser should open with the current page already opened (not the one set as the home page). And finally, there is no option to open the current page in a new browser window in the right-click (context) menu - although this is another bug (I'll fill it later). For the lack of better comparison, here is what IE does. When you open the browser for the first time, it
Oops. My comments were truncated. IE does the following: - If you open it from the taskbar or the menu, it shows the home page. - If you select File|New Window, it opens a new window with the current page in it (not the home page one).
Making a new window appear blank would be pretty inconsistent behavior, IMHO. There is a "Clone Window" extension which might help you, though, as it does exactly as it's called.
Suggesting this be marked as a duplicate of bug #187573.
I mostly agree with the comments made up to now, but I have to add a few remarks of myself. It's difficult to decide between 'consistent behavior' and 'useful behavior' when dealing with the New Window command in a tabbed-browsing enabled world. What is more consistent? Sure, always open the home page. But is this useful? For most people, I don't think so. *If* you ever open a second window, it is probable that you want to to start working at something else, not to browse to the same sites again. Obviously, I understand that there may be situations where this may be useful, but again - I don't think it's useful for the average user. Said that, the options are: #1 (Firefox behavior) Open the homepage (or set of home pages) whenever a new browser window is opened. #2 (IE behavior) Clone the current opened window. I believe this is more useful for the average user than #1. (BTW, this problem is not an issue with IE because it does not support tabbed browsing). #3 (My proposal) Let's call it 'smart mode': (a) open the homepage when the first browser instance is called; (b) open a new window with a blank page if the user (the user can always click the home icon to reload the homepage pretty quickly); (c) implement a Clone Window command, both on the File menu and on the context menu. I believe my proposal is *more useful*, and it does make sense once you start thinking not about the behavior of the browser, but about *what does the user want* when asking for a new window to be opened. (in other words, it's more consistent from the user standpoint). PS: and please, verify this bug again. I really believe the current behavior is annoying.
Please. Really please. The more I try, the more inconsistent I think tabbed browsing is behaving on fringe cases. I've decided *not* to open a new bug for something closely related to this bug, because it seems that this is not a priority now (for what I have detected looking at the way other similar complaints are being handled). And I found no reference to a good mailing list to post my complaint, so here it is. --> if I click the home button, the browser will open the homepages on new tabs. --> BUT, if I click a bookmark that has mutiple tabs, they're opened over the existing ones. Now, that's inconsistent or not?
I don't feel like searching for all of the relevant bugs right now. Having a pref for behaviour with new/tabs windows is a dupe of 187573, without a doubt. The decision was made, for most users this isn't an issue. More users are concerned with limiting the number of windows instead. clone window on "new window" is a different bug. comment 5 is yet another bug, which should be fixed at some point to honour the replace vs. append pref. Please don't make this into a huge argument. You've made your point, but its not strong enough to overrule the decision to not complicate this type of operation. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 187573 ***
Don't worry - I agree with you. I'm not going to make this a big argument. I just want to make a final comment before putting this to rest. The only thing which I disagree is with your statement regarding "what most users want". Well, I'm alone in this - now - but I think that the situation will change a lot after 1.0 is released. At this point there will probably a migration of new users to Firefox, and some things that are not important now may prove important to them in the near future.