It seems as though, for links that would automatically open in a new tab, holding down CTRL while clicking actually results in opening over the CURRENT tab, which is mind-numbingly frustrating.
You mean control clicking on a TARGET="_blank" link?
No. For example: http://washingtonindependent.com/77231/an-open-letter-to-liz-cheney-on-torture if I go to that site, and click on the "there’s a full-page ad you’ll take out in a major newspaper" link near the bottom of the main article, clicking /without/ holding down the CTRL key will open a new tab, and clicking /while/ holding it down will replace the current tab.
Not all of the other links on the same page behave identically, however. Some exhibit what I interpret to be correct behavior.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.3a2pre) Gecko/20100222 Minefield/3.7a2pre This appears to be WFM here, with the default settings of a new profile.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.3a3pre) Gecko/20100304 Minefield/3.7a3pre (.NET CLR 3.5.30729) ID:20100304040444 Holding Ctrl + Clicking a link will not do anything. Clicking right click on the link and selecting "open in new tab" works OK.
I've found the same behaviour on other sites, for example http://www.repubblica.it/ The links on main column do open in the same tab even with CTRL+click, while middle mouse button works as expected. I don't know if this bug is related to bug 151142 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:220.127.116.11) Gecko/20100401 Firefox/3.6.3
I still can reproduce with Firefox 3 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20101026 Firefox/3.6.12 and also with Firefox 4 b7 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:2.0b7) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b7
Testcase still reproduces with Ctrl+Click but not with a middle click.
Component: General → Event Handling
Product: Firefox → Core
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