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Implement pref (and UI) to allow opening several messages in background tabs: "[ ] Open message tabs in foreground"



Toolbars and Tabs
6 years ago
a year ago


(Reporter: luminaia, Unassigned)


(Depends on: 1 bug)

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6 years ago
Integrate same option that is in firefox prefs.  A user could double click on a message and send it to a new tab without tab focus, if this pref is unchecked.  This would allow for selecting multiple messages -- to be read later -- to be sent to the tabs, while staying in the inbox tab.

Location:  Options>Advanced>Reading And Display>Reading "When I Open New Tab, Switch To It Immediately"
Component: Preferences → Theme
QA Contact: preferences → theme

Comment 1

6 years ago
Ludo, can you explain the expected behaviour for the TB prefs below?

Firefox has the following pref in Tools > Options > Tabs:

[ ] When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately
about:config > browser.tabs.loadInBackground;false
default is false.

Which does what it says if checked, when you Ctrl-click on links.

Thunderbird has (default settings):

Changing either or both of these does not seem to have an effect on double-clicking a message from message list: msg always opens in foreground.
So I'm not sure what these are supposed to do (and don't have time to check).

Ludo, can you explain the expected behaviour for these prefs?
Why is this a theme bug?


Opening several messages in background while keeping focus on msg list seems a legitimate and useful rfe. And we might also want an UI for that.

Reporter suggested the following wording:
"When I open message in a new tab, switch to it immediately"
Which is alright, but maybe we could phrase that more simple, like:
"Open message tabs in foreground"
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows 7 → All
Hardware: x86_64 → All
Summary: When I open new tab, switch to it immediately → Implement pref (and UI) to allow opening several messages in background tabs: "[ ] Open message tabs in foreground"
Version: 8 → 10


6 years ago
Blocks: 501426
first one if ff specific so it shouldn't affect us.

Second one should work. Did you restart after the change ? (this bug sounds like a dup)
Component: Theme → Toolbars and Tabs
QA Contact: theme → toolbars-tabs

Comment 3

6 years ago
Bug 614823 will solve the biggest part of this bug.
Parts that remain:
a) Missing UI for pref
b) Clarify interaction of pref (or Shift) with double-click / Enter behaviour

For single selected msg, this already works as expected: "Open in new tab" will open msg in background, holding Shift while "Open in new tab" will open in foreground (as documented in keyboard shortcuts (1)). If you set mail.tabs.loadInBackground to false, it'll work the other way round.

(1) https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/keyboard-shortcuts
Depends on: 614823
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