TabSubmit, Submit Forms To New Tabs In Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 29, 2011
Updated • Mar 15, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Firefox and web forms; Maybe you have experienced the following situation in the Firefox web browser. You have entered data into a form, sign up form for instance or a comment form and clicked on the submit button afterwards to send the data to the web server. The page reloads and you either get an error message or a blank page. When you go back, the page with the form is reset and all fields are blank.

Or your form data was submitted but you cannot remember what you have entered in a specific field, and when you go back the web form is empty again.

Firefox does not have options to direct the submission of a form to a new tab or window. This usually means that you cannot go back to access the data that you have entered into the form. It may even be worse if you have started filling out a multi-page form.

The Firefox add-on TabSubmit adds options to Firefox to direct form submissions to a new tab or window. This leaves the page with the form and data you have entered on its own page; Excellent if you need to go back to that form to see what you have entered or if you need to re-submit the form.

TabSubmit is a complete re-write of the now defunct SubmitToTab. The developer on top of the existing features added support for the HTML5 formtaget attribute, switched from re-writing existing handlers to using event listeners "to hook into the mouse behavior" for a safer and more robust approach and added support for SeaMonkey.

The add-on is restartless which means that it can be installed and uninstalled without browser restart.

The Firefox extension does not change the default way of submitting tabs. You can still left-click on any submit button to submit the form to the same tab.

If you middle-click on the submit button, or hold down Ctrl while left-clicking, you will submit the form to a new tab instead. Holding down Shift while left-clicking submits the form to a new browser window instead.

The new form submission options take some getting used to time but it is the only practical option to implement the feature. You'd otherwise open web searches and other basic form submissions on a new tab or window automatically which would result in chaos.

TabSubmit is an excellent Firefox add-on for users who regularly use sign-up forms and submission forms. The add-on works with all versions of Firefox from 3 onwards. The restartless feature is only available under Firefox 4. (via)


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  1. Forms said on March 31, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for sharing it with us.I’m pretty sure a lot of people out there will find this blog of yours very helpful.

  2. Mystique said on March 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Yes Lazarus is fantastic for this purpose and is my personal favourite, I gave textarea cache a shot to which in essence does the same thing but I just found Lazarus better perhaps it came to familiarity but its great to have a choice.

  3. Thomas said on March 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I use Lazarus (Form recovery) for this. I often typed something into a form and then for instance hit the back button accidentally, the browser went back and when I went forward all my entered text was gone. What the hell.
    With Lazarus everything is recorded in a database (which is secured) and I set the removal for the forms after 3 days. For all the functions maybe you can review it too.

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