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Duplicate Tabs in Firefox Without Installing Any Add-ons

There’s loads of add-ons that can help you duplicate tabs in Firefox, even copying all of the history to the new tab. What you might not realize, however, is that you can do the same thing without any add-ons.

To duplicate a tab, all you need to do is hold down the Ctrl key while dragging the tab to a new spot on your tab bar–you’ll see the little arrow show up, and you can drop the tab there. Once you’ve done so, you’ll see that the tab has been duplicated, including all of the tab history.

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  • Published 07/30/10

Comments (13)

  1. Raspy

    Also you can simply drag the site icon and drop it on the tab bar. Does the exact same thing. =p

  2. pants

    Middle click the refresh button.

  3. t0fu

    the ctrl key is necessary to duplicate the tab, not just move it raspy

  4. Bob Nunn

    I dont mean to be stupid but why would you
    possibly want a duplicate tab?

  5. dexter_greycells

    Hey! Thanks for the tip. I normally use this option via the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key combination in Tab Mix Plus. But when I am not using TMP (like while playing around with the beta version of Firefox) I can use this handy little trick.

  6. steelew

    I think tab mix plus adds this feature (among tons of others). I’m not sure though but I never added any other add-ons to get this functionality.

  7. TJFadness

    t0fu, he means the icon next to the address bar.

  8. ron

    @Bob Nunn
    Lets say you are doing research and there are two or more links that look interesting one or more look promising but do not know for sure till you view the web page the link opens.
    If you wish to keep a history of all sites and the hiearchy of links but without extra garbage that does not apply to the search at hand then you can use extra yabs to flush out the good from the bad.
    Then only open the useful links in the original tab and just save that and discard the extra.
    Just one of a gazillion reasons for duplicating tabs.
    actually even if not saving the search work this technique comes in handy because the clean tab with only relevent links can be related and evaluated by using the forward and backward buttons without wading through the unusable trash that was left on the extra throw away tab.

    another reason is an initial search breeds new thoughts and possible searches. leaving the original tab for the original search thread stand alone while the new search thread can follow a different trail, idea, or thought.

    Who else has an example of WHY you would duplicate a tab?

  9. GuessImaNovice

    Guess I’m a novice.

    I simply right click links in my search results window and open the links in a new tab. Honestly have never thought about or really saw any use for duplicating a tab. *shrug*

  10. Raspy

    @TJFadness Thanks that is what I meant to say.

    @ron Actually I use it exclusively when I have a lot of tabs open and I am on a tab in the middle or in the begging of that bunch and I want a new tab right next to the tab I am currently viewing. The new tab buttin by default would just make it at the end of all the tabs and that is not what I want.

    So I just duplicate the tab on the place I need it and do things from there on.

  11. bilglas

    Why would you want to duplicate a tab? Here’s just ONE example: You’re in Facebook, writing a message to somebody, and you get to the point where you want to refer to something on that person’s profile page, but you don’t remember exactly what it said … but you can’t GET to the profile page, as long as you’re in the midst of writing them a message. Duplicate tab, et voilà … a fresh new Facebook to navigate!

  12. arlanda

    holy crap.. I never thought of middle-clicking on the refresh button plus the CTRL-drag feature. Thanks!!

  13. bloozman

    On a Mac one must hold down the alt – Option button while dragging the tab to a new spot on the tab bar in order to clone a tab with its history intact (At least on Lion OS X 10.7, that’s the way it works)

    I would also prefer to see a quick keyboard stroke or combo do this, also, in every new version of Firefox, rather than holding a key down and dragging a tab. A quick keyboard shortcut would be far more convenient. The lack of a quick keyboard shortcut prevents me from upgrading my Firefox browsers and motivates me to consider others, like Chrome, to do my browsing.

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