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Firefox Randomly Switching Tabs?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:36 pm

I have a new-ish (five months old) Dell laptop with Windows 7 and am using Firefox 344.0.1 or whatever version they're up to these days.

I often have multiple tabs open to different pages, as I prefer that over separate windows.

There are only a couple of ways I know of to switch tabs. One is through keyboard shortcuts (either Ctrl + PageUp/PageDn, or Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab), and the other is by pointing my mouse at the other tab I want, and clicking on it.

Occasionally, when I'm scrolling or moving my mouse pointer around with the touchpad, Firefox will move over to the next tab for no apparent reason (that I'm aware of). I haven't yet figured out what I might be doing to cause this to occur, and a google search didn't reveal anything that suggests a default setting for a specific touchpad gesture that causes the tabs to change.

I've already ruled out something as simple as me having the pointer over another tab and accidentally tapping (clicking) when I'm trying to scroll, because the mouse pointer isn't anywhere near the tab bar when it happens.

It doesn't happen when I use a regular mouse, only when I use the touchpad, so I figure there must be some shortcut in place that's causing it, I just haven't found it yet.

Any ideas out there?
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RE: Firefox Randomly Switching Tabs?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:11 pm

Quoting HOMsAR (Thread starter):
I've already ruled out something as simple as me having the pointer over another tab and accidentally tapping (clicking) when I'm trying to scroll,

If your pointer is over any tab and you scroll, it will basically scroll through the tabs toggling between them.

Quoting HOMsAR (Thread starter):
because the mouse pointer isn't anywhere near the tab bar when it happens.

But if this is really true, there must be something else going on. Is it just Firefox in which you are having this problem?
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RE: Firefox Randomly Switching Tabs?

Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:19 am

Quoting n229nw (Reply 1):

But if this is really true, there must be something else going on. Is it just Firefox in which you are having this problem?

Firefox is the only browser I use (except for the occasional use of IE on certain work-related websites that really don't work well in anything other than IE), so it is, but only by default.
The plural of Airbus is Airbuses. Airbii is not a word.
There is no 787-800, nor 787-900 or 747-800. It's 787-8, 787-9, and 747-8.
A321neoLR is also unnecessary. It's simply A321LR.
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RE: Firefox Randomly Switching Tabs?

Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:42 pm

Discovered the answer. Scrolling up or down with three fingers changes tabs.
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