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How can I have search results from Google's toolbar in Firefox, open in new tab?

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EEs,

I use Firefox and have the little Google search box loaded/displaying on the top. When I use it, the search results show up in the SAME TAB that was last active. I set the Google preferences to open searches in new window, but does not seem to apply to tabs. Also, I can't find any Firefox options for this specifically. Do you know how to have search results from this little Google window open in a NEW TAB? (Searching from Google's home page works fine, but that is not what I use.)

Thanks.
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by:Ronb23
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right next to the search box, there's the Search button with a dropdown arrow. Click on the arrow and Google Toolbar Options will come up. Select the "Search" tab/option on the top. Check the first box, "Open search results in a new tab" and click save.
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by:photoman11
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In my drop down are a number of different search engines, with the only other item being "Manage Search Engines" (which adds/deletes SEs I am using).

I believe it's a Firefox add on called "Searchbar Autosizer 1.4.1.
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by:Ronb23
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In your firefox browser, click Tools > Options. Select the "Main" tab option. Click "Manage Add-ons". You should see all of your add-ons in there, select Google Toolbar and you should see the "Options" button, click the Options button. Then you should have another window for Google Toolbar Options. Select the Search tab and check the 2 boxes
- Open search results in a new tab
- Enable the Google new tab page

I've also provided a screenshot to the google tool bar
google3.JPG
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by:photoman11
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Ronb,

I think we have different add ons. Mine is "Searchbar Autosizer 1.4.1 and in my screen shots, I can't find your pics:

autosizer.gif
options.gif
assistant.gif
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Ronb23 earned 500 total points
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ok sorry, my mistake. Doesn't look like the developer of this Add-on added that feature. But, I have 2 ways for you to get around it.

1. Once you type you search in the box, press ALT + Enter, you'll get the result in a new tab
2. In your address bar (not the Add-On box),
    - type about:config and press Enter
    - You'll see a bunch of commands. There's a filter bar, type browser.search.open
    - it shoudl drill down to browser.search.opentap and the Value should be false
    - if you double click that line, it will change the value to true
    - test your Autosizer search and this should now open in a new window.
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by:photoman11
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That was very cool.

The weird thing (at least to me) is that in this add-on, there's a magnifying glass icon as the "go" command to execute the search...

If I click the icon, the results show up in THE SAME TAB. If I hit "enter" - THE SEARCH RESULTS DISPLAY IN A NEW TAB.

Go figure, huh?
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by:photoman11
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Very creative work around. Great job!
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