When you type in a web address into Firefox's location bar it gets loaded in the same tab, and when you enter a search term instead, say technology news, this too is processed in the same tab. This is not all that convenient for some users, and some help themselves by opening a new tab page before they enter a web address or search term into the browser's address bar, while others install extensions that help them define when Firefox should open a new tab to load location bar inputs.
Another option is to make a change on Firefox's about:config page to change the value of the preference browser.search.openintab to true so that searches are opened on new tab pages automatically.
The lightweight Firefox extension New Tab from Location Bar takes this a step further. It enables you to define how Firefox opens searches and web addresses that you enter into the browser's location bar.
The extension will open everything that you enter into the location bar on a new tab unless you are already on a blank tab page. It will furthermore load the page as a child tab if it is part of the same website. This is determined by the domain that you are currently on so that subdomains are by default defined as the same website.
You can modify the behavior that the extension makes available in the options. There are four configuration options that you can tweak:
The extension may improve your browsing experience when you are using the browser. It is not as sophisticated as Tab Mix Plus or another full blown tab add-on for the browser, and many users may probably prefer those or the manual options outlined above for that instead.
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