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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Posted 7 years ago

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RethorykeEpicaridan

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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.