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How To Open All Mailto Links With GMail Automatically in Firefox

gmail logo The great thing about Firefox is that it has a built-in option to set mailto links to open up in GMail. That means you don’t have to stick with Outlook or Thunderbird or any of the desktop programs. To change your mailto handler in Firefox, just go to Tools > Options > Applications tab, and then type “mailto” into the search box. Next, click on the drop-down menu and select Gmail. Now, any hyperlinked email address that you click in Firefox will be opened in Gmail automatically!

How To Split Firefox into Different Windows/Tabs And See Everything At Once

If you work with many websites, or want to keep track of many different websites, and would like to do that simultaneously, then the default Firefox probably wouldn’t cut it for you. Safari has live bookmarks that may do what you want, but in my personal opinion, these following Firefox add-ons do a much better job.

Firefox Splitter (Formerly Split Browser)

Firefox Splitter is an add-on that allows you to browse with multiple tabs open at once in front of you (instead of having just one tab open in the foreground). This would be really useful to watch a video while web browsing, or allowing you to monitor your stock portfolio, or the latest news while you surf the net in another tab.

firefox splitter splitbrowser screenshot


Showcase allows you to manage your current Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or in a sidebar.

firefox showcase screenshot

Speed Dial

Made by the same people that gave you Showcase, µWorks. Speed Dial gives you the ability to have a home page or tab where you can put your favorite sites, and show a (live) screenshot of every website.

firefox speeddial screenshot

How To Open All New Windows As New Tabs, By-Passing The _blank Attribute

One quirk that I discovered in Safari was that new links (the links that are assigned a target=”_blank” attribute) are always opened in a new Safari window, even though you may have set the option to open all links in a new tab in Safari’s preferences.

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The fix for this turns out to be simple, as I found out from this blog post. Simply open up Terminal by going to Applications > Uitlities > Terminal.

In the Terminal window that opens, just copy and paste this line of code in and hit enter.

defaults write TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

And that’s it! All links will open in a new tab instead of a new window. If you want to reverse this change, you’ll just need to follow the same steps, but using this line of code instead (basically changing “true” to “false” at the end of the line):

defaults write TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool false

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