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I used to middle click on the back button in firefox to open the last page in a new tab.

Unfortunately this stopped working for me on Ubuntu 14.04 x64.

I tried to remove it via sudo apt-get purge firefox and reinstalled it, but nothing changed.

This is at my home computer. At the office I run the same Ubuntu version but x32 where this feature still works and I don't know why. It just stopped working from one moment to another and I don't remember what I could have done... I also tried other mice...

It really annoys me, because I got used to this workflow. Is there any chance this is a bug or something else you know?

  • Did it reopen the last closed page, or duplicate the current page? I always right-clicked on a tab to reopen a closed tab, and middle-click on the refresh icon to duplicate the curent page in a new tab. – Marty Fried Feb 19 '15 at 18:05
  • It reopened the last page I visited, the normal back button behaviour but in a new tab. Whatever... I managed to reset every setting in Firefox by accident and now it works again. I'm just wondering why purgeing firefox didn't remove my configurations... – uloco Feb 19 '15 at 18:08
  • Does purging firefox remove the user profile (~/.mozilla/firefox)? That's what determines any non-standard behavior. If you don't know about this, next time, try creating a new profile to test it using the command firefox -ProfileManager. – Marty Fried Feb 19 '15 at 19:12
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    Is there a standard way to remove everything with a command or will it always sufficient to remove the appropriate folder in my home directory work after purging the package? – uloco Feb 19 '15 at 19:14
  • I only know how to delete it normally, which will always work; firefox will recreate it. Using the Profile Manager allows you to create a second profile, and then you can choose which one to use, so you could have a basic profile to compare against the one you use normally, for example. Or 2 profiles for 2 different tasks. – Marty Fried Feb 19 '15 at 19:19

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