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Type about:config in the address bar and look for middlemouse.contentLoadURL make sure its value is set to false. Otherwise your pasting from your clipboard and if its not url Firefox is using the Google I Feel Lucky search and taking you to whatever url it guesses.
Possible values and their effects
Load the contents of the clipboard as a URL. (Default for Linux/Unix.)
Handle middle-clicks normally. (Default for all but Linux/Unix.)
I find disabling it useful because I have middle-click enabled on my laptop's touchpad as the extreme top-right corner. Sometimes when scrolling (dragging down the right side) I start too high on the touchpad because I'm not looking at it (why should I?) and my reading is interrupted quite rudely.
I actually enjoy these little thread revivals... This thread is a perfect example of a fix for what I considered to always be a minor annoyance and simply dealt with. I never really thought to hunt down the setting and fix it but seeing a thread - no matter how old - puts me in proactive mode. With that being said, the original revival post simply reiterated the solution that was offered twice before... and therefore totally unnecessary. While it's cool that the thread got bumped so many moons later the reason for doing so is ridiculous. Sometimes we must bow to the absurd...
I find it useful because I can close multiple tabs quickly. May sound stupid, but very very useful when I'm looking for things. I open a dozen or so tabs at a time, check them, kill them that way. If I want to copy a URL I just simply middle click my home button to open up a new window and middle click the URL in the address bar. Same thing as opening a new tab and middle clicking the tab to copy the URL, just different order I figured he did the same
Anyone happen to know how to get it to highlight the text in the address bar when I click on it?