firefox drag and drop




One thing that you may not realize is how many different actions can be performed simply by dragging and dropping text or URL’s in Firefox. Most browsers actually support similar actions, but we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of the different ways you can put it to work.

You can drag and drop…

  • a URL (hyperlinked or not) onto the address bar to immediately be taken to that site in the current tab.
  • a URL (hyperlinked or not) onto an existing tab or blank tab to immediately replace it with the new URL.
  • a URL (hyperlinked or not) onto an empty area on the tab bar to immediately have that URL opened in a new background tab.
  • highlighted text onto the address bar to replace the URL with the text, but it will not be executed immediately.
  • a single highlighted word (cannot contain spaces) onto an existing tab or blank tab to replace it with www.[highlighted word].com immediately. Where [highlighted word] is the single word you were dragging and dropping.
  • a single highlighted word (cannot contain spaces) onto an empty area on the tab bar to immediately have www.[highlighted word].com opened in a background tab. Where [highlighted word] is the single word you were dragging and dropping.
  • an image onto the address bar to immediately have that image open in the current tab.
  • an image onto an existing tab or blank tab to immediately replace it with the image.
  • an image onto an empty area on the tab bar to immediately have the image opened in a new background tab.

Tip: When dragging and dropping the text, images, and URL’s you can also hold down the Control key to force them to open in a new tab.