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Open Images in New Tabs the Easy Way

Have you ever been looking through a pic-heavy webpage and wanted an easy way to open those pictures in new tabs to look at after you finish browsing the page? Now you can with Open Image In New Tab.


After installing the extension, there is only one option that you need to make a decision about…to have the new tab open as focused or to have the new tab open in the background.


Open Image In New Tab in Action

Once you find a picture that you like or want a better look at, Right Click to access the Context Menu and click on “Open Image in New Tab”.


Once you have clicked on “Open Image in New Tab”, the picture will automatically open in a new tab ready to view and save if desired (nice!).



Open Image In New Tab provides a nice easy way to temporarily set interesting pictures “to the side” while you continue to browse through pic-heavy webpages.


Download the Open Image In New Tab extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 10/1/09

Comments (6)

  1. Dean

    Why don’t you just select View Image with your middle mouse button to get the same result without having to install an extension?

  2. Luca

    Pretty useless.
    You can open an image in a new tab from the right click menu holding CTRL while clicking on “show image”

  3. Asian Angel

    @ Dean & Luca – We always like to show options for doing things like this and for some people this method might be the one they like best. ^__^

    With the methods that both of you have shared they can have multiple ways to accomplish the same task…options are good! ^__^

  4. Alekz

    I recommend using the QuickDrag extension, you just drag and drop it somewhere and it opens in a new tab :)

  5. Tek9

    There’s also always just middle-clicking the picture..that’ll open it in a new tab and will follow the default behavior in FF settings as to whether a new tab receives focus or not. Although this doesn’t work for things like..this article as it’s coded differently than just an tag

  6. bassmadrigal

    @Dean some people may not be able to use middle click. My laptop touchpad doesn’t support it without programming some funky options within X windows (I run linux).

    @Luca Sometimes it is nice to not have to go to the keyboard.

    This being said, I personally have no need for this extension, because I do have those funky options that allows me to use a corner of the mouse for middle click, but I do thank Asian Angel for the write up. It is nice to see the different options out there. I would rather have too many options than not enough.

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