The Request

How can I make the same meta keys between Firefox and Chrome do the same thing?

In my macOS, currently in my environment (<click> = "mouse left click on weblink"), the following "open new weblink in new tab" keyboard behavior is inconsistent between Firefox and Chrome.


  • open new-web-page tab in foreground: cmd-shift-<click>
  • open new-web-page tab in background: cmd-<click>


  • open new-web-page tab in foreground: cmd-<click>
  • open new-web-page tab in background: cmd-shift-<click>

It matters less which keyboard-shorcut-plus-click does which thing (although I'd prefer the cmd-<click> opens in _background); I at least want the behavior to be consistent between these 2 web-browsing apps.

My current versions

macos: 10.14.6
firefox: 76.0.1 (64-bit)
chrome: Version 81.0.4044.92 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Failed (thus far) solutions

I've thus far been unable to get the following solutions to help/work:

  • If I’m not mistaken, those are builtin shortcuts are hard coded and can’t be changed. Just doing some spot checking the shortcuts seem to line up cross platform with the following conventions Ctrl = Cmd, Opt = Alt Etc.
    – Allan
    Jun 4, 2020 at 0:13

1 Answer 1


Employing the following Firefox preferences settings achieved what I wanted. In particular: the annotation highlights the setting I unchecked that made things work on my system.

macOS Firefox preferences

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