Firefox Add-on To Open Links in Background Tab

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open in background tab with long press is a free Firefox add-on. As the name suggests, this add-on opens any link in background tab, instead of opening it to foreground tab. So, you won’t be directed to another tab leaving your active tab in between your work. You will remain distraction free and continue with your work.

Apart from this, you can also use this add-on to open an internal link (that opens within the currently active tab) in new background tab. You don’t have to go back and forth to open any internal link. Moreover, without using Ctrl+left mouse button, you can open any link in background tab with this simple and handy add-on.

open any link in background tab

In above screen recording, you can see how this add-on works for opening a link in background tab.

Also check this similar extension reviewed by us for Google Chrome: Force Background Tab.

How To Open Links in Background Tab using This Free Firefox add-on?

Simply use the link given at the end of this review and go to the homepage of this add-on. Install this add-on and it will start working instantly. Without any browser restart, it will be ready to use.

Whenever you have to open a link (that you don’t want to open in foreground tab), simply ‘press and hold left mouse button‘ over that link. Immediately, that link will silently open in background tab.

press and hold left mouse button to open a link in background tab

Doesn’t matter whether you are opening internal or external link, each individual link will silently open in background tab.

You may also check Pop-up Controller and Pop-ups in New Tab Firefox add-ons reviewed by us.


open in background tab with long press works quite well and makes it very easy to get rid of opening links in foreground tab. Switching from currently active tab to newly opened link will no longer distract you. Just long press your left mouse button and done!

Get open in background tab with long press Firefox add-on.

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Works With: Firefox
Free/Paid: Free