Feature request: Open in background tab

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It would be nice to open a story in a background tab. Currently clicking on a story opens it in a tab and then takes me to it. I can't right-click and choose open in new tab because NewsBlur has a custom context menu preventing the normal browser menu from appearing.
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Mike Laster

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Adrian Fita

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What browser are you using? This already works for me since I began using Newsblur, more than 1 year ago. I don't remember doing anything special in the browser...

Also see this thread: https://getsatisfaction.com/newsblur/...
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Cody Williams

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Try clicking the link with your middle mouse button (click down on the scroll wheel). In most browsers that will open the link in a background tab! EDIT: forgot or hold control and click a link.

I agree it this would be a nice option for Newsblur to have in its preferences. It's been many years since I made websites, but I don't think this can be controlled in HTML. I barely know javascript but it looks like there might be a way to do this with JS. Tested fine in my Chrome at least. For reference:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10...
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At least in Firefox, in Reader I could control-click the article title and it would open in a background tab.

In NewsBlur that opens in a foreground tab.
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Cody Williams

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Hmm, in chrome both control click and middle click on the title gives a background tab...
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Tony Dehnke

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Would be awesome (and fast) to have a setting to change the "o" keyboard shortcut to open in new tab in background.
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Use shift+v to open in the opposite direction.
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yaomtc

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That doesn't work for me. Using Firefox on Mac.
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yaomtc

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I'm using Firefox on Mac, and I've tried everything I can think of. It seems the only way I can possibly open a story in a background tab is to change Preferences to make right-click open a native context menu, and then hold Command when I click "Open in new tab". More of an annoying workaround than a solution.
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Gary Katsevman

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Firefox doesn't implement the open-tab-in-background yet (or ever?).
Middle clicking with either pref option (native context menu or newbslur context menu) should open in the background.
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I just realized it's not possible to middle-click on a Macbook's trackpad. Middle-click on a USB mouse worked fine. I've read that MagicPrefs allows for trackpad middle-click, I'll try that out.
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Gary Katsevman

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if you use bettertouchtool (http://blog.boastr.net/) you can enable a triple-tap which does the same as a middle click. You can also do a lot more gestures.
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Firefox can open New Tabs in the background, if you go into about:config and set browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground to true.

I use it, it's great pressing J to quickly flick through stories and pressing O to silently load the interesting ones in a new background tab.
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Gary Katsevman

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While it's available, I wouldn't necessarily call it a solution, since about 99% of users shouldn't be expected to dive into the about:config options of firefox
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RethorykeEpicaridan

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If anyone runs into the problem of Firefox blocking the popups initiated by pressing 'O', I've found a workaround in about:config. Find the key 'dom.popup_allowed_events', and append 'keypress' to the existing string (using letters only, no quote marks).

Blocked popups are a particular problem on bursty, high-article-count feeds like MS Paint Adventures. Some updates have 20+ items, triggering the Popup Blocker.

Ideally we should be able to disable the popup blocker by domain, but I've not found how to do that without installing yet another addon.
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I press 'o' for open and newsblur opens current article in background tab. (Chrome)
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JJ Lopez Minkoff

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Any updates on getting this "o" for open current article in background tab for the Firefox browser? The config instructions up top are not really helpful for the average user.
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There's also an option now for Newsblur to not take over the context menu.

Preferences > General > Right-clicking
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Gary Katsevman

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Though, you should be able to `middle click` on the title anyway.
There is something that newsblur can do to make background open on `o` work in firefox without the user changing the config option.