if you look in your preferences (for firefox 2.0), you should see it set up to open new pages in tabs. it should default to not switching to a new tab when you click on a link. here are a couple of other enhancements you can make.
- type about:config in the location bar, and type "tab" in the filter.
- set browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground to true (double-click it)
- type "link" in the filter, and set browser.link.open_newwindow to 3.
- restart firefox
i hope you all know about the control-click binding. if you don't, well, control-clicking on a link will open it in another tab.
why is this useful? well, i have a script in my $HOME/bin that does this:
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so, i start firefox, and then run my script, and it opens up all those links in tabs. this is better than setting all the links as my "home page", because i don't always want every new window i open to go to those pages.
the other useful thing: middle-paste. if you have a three button mouse (and you should), you can select a url from some window (a browser window, email, your editor, etc.), move the mouse to a firefox window, and click the middle button anywhere in the frame. it'll load the url.
to enable this, go to "about:config" and type "middle" in the filter. double-click on middlemouse.contentLoadURL to set it to true.