Jul 08, 2015

How to stop Firefox from opening blank tabs when I click on a link?

My Firefox browser has an unpleasant habit of opening multiple blank tabs after I click on links. To make matters worse, after closing and restarting Firefox, a lot of times the empty tabs reappear. This is on a Windows 8 laptop with Firefox kept updated. Any ideas what the issue could be?
Forest has a good answer, but here's a link to the Firefox community support page in case you need it later:

I've actually experienced this once before. I fixed it by using the "Refresh Firefox" feature. Click the menu button, then click help and select Troubleshooting. You should see a "refresh Firefox" button on the upper right. Click it, and see if your problem goes away like mine did.

If that doesn't work, you might need to go through a few more steps. Mozilla has a guide that should help you: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-repeatedly-opens-empty-tabs-or-windows
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