Changing summary to include ctrl+click, which is the other way to open links in new windows in Mozilla.
updating to new owner. sorry for the spam.
Methinks there should be a standard binding for items-which-act-as-links. These include bookmarks in the sidebar or the Bookmarks Bar (but not in the Bookmarks Manager), history items in the sidebar (but not in the History window), and (maybe) the Back, Forward, Reload, Home, and Search buttons. This binding would do the following: (1) set up the middle mouse button to open the item in a new window; (2) set up the keyboard modifiers -- Control+click, Alt+click, etc, to do the expected things; (3) set up a default context menu with `Open', `Open in New Window', `Save Link Target', `Copy Link Address', etc (different opions for mailto: links, obviously); (4) set up drag-and-drop so that the item can be dragged to your file manager. Obviously (3) and (4) wouldn't apply to the toolbar buttons (otherwise they interfere with normal button behavior and with toolbar customization). But (1) and (2) would. I think Blake has a bug for something like this already.
Adding dependacy on bug 97032 which deals with middle mouse clicks and mailto: links.
Adding the similar bug 102380, which deals with middle-clicking on links that result in a download window appearing. (Note that with mailto:, the extra browser window should never be opened, but with .zip files served through http, the browser window has to be created and then destroyed.)
Now that mozilla has tabbed browsing I'd really want to see a pref for middle mouse button to open link in new tab instead of new window. This should probably be on the same page as wheel configuration. Page name should be mouse settings of something like that instead of "Mouse Wheel". I fully agree that middle button for open in new window/tab should be extended to bookmarks and stuff also. Perhaps an option to pass through middle mouse button to enable OS to handle it. At least Logitech tries to make use of middle mouse button in their driver.
Mira: some prefs for the middle mouse button are now available under Navigator|Tabbed Browsing.
Middle click should also new window/tab links in the url bar history dropdown.
I reported this bug, but should I be the QA contact? I don't think I was before!
13 years ago