Open Multiple Bookmarks in Firefox at once

Martin Brinkmann
May 11, 2008
Updated • Jul 16, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

In the last days I have been looking for a Firefox extension that would make it possible to open multiple bookmarks (and History items) at once. What I mean with this is that I wanted something like the CTRL left-click in Windows Explorer that lets you pick several files at once. My main problem was that the bookmarks menu collapsed as soon as I picked on bookmark that I wanted to load.

I sometimes however would like to load several bookmarks at once, or in rapid succession, and the collapsing bookmarks menu was annoying for that purpose. I did ask the question at the Firefox Mastery website because I knew that some clever Firefox geeks would frequent it and if someone would know the answer they would.

My own research was not successful but a few hours after posting the question over at the website Alex answered and pointed me to two extensions that would prevent the menu from collapsing when middle-clicking items.

  • middleclicknocollapse is a Firefox extension for Firefox 1.5 and 2.x that prevents the menus from collapsing while middle-clicking.
  • Stay Open Menu is the pendant for Firefox 3.

I hope that these two extensions will be helpful for some of you, I know that they are very helpful for me. (thanks Alex again)

Update: The Middle Click No Collapse add-on is only supporting versions of Firefox before version 3. The author of the extension suggests to use the Stay Open Menu instead in later versions of Firefox. The extension itself has not been updated for about a year, but it is still working in recent versions of the web browser.

Left-click the desired menu to open it, find the items you wish to open, then middle-click each desired item to open it in a tab. When you are done making selections, click somewhere outside the menu (or press ESC) to close the menu or try the auto-closing option described above.

Just follow the instructions above after you have installed the extension.


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  1. Firefox Boss said on October 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    You can do all of them at one time.
    1) Bookmarks
    2) Show All Bookmarks or {Ctrl+Shift+B}
    3) Right click the Show All Bookmarks
    4) Select Open all In Tabs


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

      This tip only works if you want to open all of the bookmarks stored in a folder in the bookmarks menu. If that is the case, then it is a great method.

  2. Josh D said on July 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

    or possibly, lame windows, sad act macs. 1+ to ubuntu

  3. Robin, Personal Development Blogger said on April 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for the tips… even the ctrl trick was new to me! Useful I bet!

  4. Votre said on May 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    If you tend to open the same bookmarks regularly try out the Morning Coffee extension available via add-ons/GetExtensions in Firefox. Kind of like having a butler bring you your newspapers in the morning. A “must have” if you’re a regular reader of some sites (like this one!).

    Details at the project page:

  5. Turnip said on May 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I’d also be interested in a plugin that would open a bookmark in a new tab ever x number of seconds rapid fire style.

  6. Glen said on May 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    There’s an extension called All-In-One-Sidebar that leaves the Bookmarks open, as well as displaying other cool stuff like history; downloads; extensions and themes; display website/source code/about: information; and page info.

  7. faizal said on May 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    TQ its working

  8. Martin said on May 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    then try CTRL Left-click for the same effect.

  9. faizal said on May 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    martin, tq for reply, i keep monitoring this post for your reply :P

    that can be done with mouse, when using laptop without mouse, there is no middle click.

  10. Martin said on May 11, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Faizal: Yes just middle-click on a bookmark to do that.

    Salz: Yes i know that but it removes all currently open tabs and loads all bookmarks in that folder. I want to select a few bookmarks without having to open the menu multiple times.

  11. Salz` said on May 11, 2008 at 10:55 am

    You know that you can open all bookmarks inside an folder with just an middleclick on that folder?

  12. faizal said on May 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

    martin, can we change firefox behavior. by default click bookmark will open in current tab, can we change it to be open in new tab?

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