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Open Link & Image in New Tab By Drag & Drop in Firefox Browser

How do you usually open link in a new tab? The most visible option in Firefox is by right-clicking on the link and select “Open Link in New Tab” in the context-menu, but this is not efficient and it can be easily tiresome when you find several links or many images within a web page that you want to open in new tabs.

Aside from the right-click menu, there are two other standard—but faster—ways to open a link in a new tab:

  1. Hold Ctrl while you clicking on a link.
  2. Middle-clicking on a link.

Depending on the configuration you have set up in your Firefox options under the Tabs menu, the links will open either in new background or foreground tabs.

And thanks to its plethora number of add-ons, it is also possible to perform the task simply by drag and drop to any direction diagonally or vertically.

It’s called Super Drag.

Super Drag is a restartless Firefox add-on that allows you to open links and images in new tabs, search text, and save images by drag and drop.

You can drag a link to open it in a new background, foreground and current tab. You can also drag text to search, by using the default search engine, or select what you want. And for image, you can drag it to view in a background tab, foreground tab, or save it to the default download location.

Once installed, you can directly drag a link or an image to open in new background tab as well as drag a text to search in new tab.

If you want to change the default behavior, say you want to open links in foreground tabs, you can change it via the extension’s options in the Add-ons Manager panel.

Super Drag

Tip: Even though Super Drag offers an option to save individual image by drag and drop, I suggest to use Context Menu Image Saver instead.

Note that when you drag a link or image to a certain distance, a small panel shows up under your cursor. This panel provides different options which depends on the object that you drag.

Super Drag Panel

If it is a link, the options are:

  1. Open it in new background, foreground or current tab.
  2. Search it in new background, foreground or current tab.
  3. Cancel.
  4. Open the extension’s option window.

Options to open links in Super Drag

If it is an image, the options are:

  1. Open it in new background, foreground or current tab.
  2. Cancel.
  3. Save the image.
  4. Open the extension’s option window.

If it is a text, the options are:

  1. Search in new background, foreground or current tab either by using your default or other search engine.
  2. Cancel.
  3. Open the extension’s option window.

In the extension’s option window, you can configure the distance of the dragging to show the panel.

Super Drag command panel option

In short, Super Drag is awesome. Sure there are other Firefox add-ons that provide more robust mouse gesture capabilities, but Super Drag gives me exactly what I need in the most simple manner possible and it works well so far, and that is to open links and images in new tabs as well as search text in new background tab.

Version reviewed: Super Drag 0.15 on Firefox 36

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