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Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window.

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Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. elloco999 7/10/09 3:20 AM
I would like an option in the options menu where I can select if a link should be opened in the same tab, a new tab or a new window by default. Now when I click a link, it opens in a new tab. I want it to open in a new window by default.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. wár17 § 7/10/09 9:43 AM
All the links I click on opens in same window. You can right click the link and select open in new window.  
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. themadames 7/10/09 2:21 PM
Depending on the website, the link will automatically open either in the same window (most websites) or new tabs (such as opening a link from inside gmail).  You can also control that by ctrl+clicking any link to make it open in a new tab.  Alternatively, as war said, you can right-click any link and tell it to open in a new tab or a new window.  I don't think Chrome has a way to change the default new tab vs new window thing yet though.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. wár17 § 7/10/09 4:07 PM
Shift + click on link opens in new window.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. elloco999 7/13/09 11:04 PM
I now that websites can determine for themselves where to open a link (by specifying the target in the link). But most websites don't use this, and then then browser needs to decide. There is a default setting for this, I thought it was a new tab for Chrome, but it could be the same window. But I want an option in the options menu to change this default behavior. So if the website doesn't specify where to open the link, I can determine where it opens.

And for the options of right-clicking and using ctrl/shift, I do that now, but I want to be able to set it in the options menu, so I don't have to right-click every single link I want to open...

An option to override the websites settings would be nice to. So if the websites wants to open the link in the same page, I can overrule that and have it open in a new window anyway.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. wár17 § 7/13/09 11:11 PM
That options may be possible with an addon in the future.  There is a development version of Chrome with APi, which allows you to add an addon.  So a new version of Chrome and a Tabs addon needs to be developed.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. elloco999 7/14/09 5:21 AM
That would be an option if Google doesn't add the option to Chrome.

But Google has a "Suggest a feature" link on their Chrome site. It takes you to a list of features (http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/static.py?page=suggestions.cs). In this list you can click the suggest button if you want to suggest a feature. If enough people suggest a feature, it gets included in a next release. If the feature you want to suggest is not on the list, they say to post it here, in the suggestions forum. So I did...

Now I'm hoping Google will include this feature on their list and lots of people will click the suggest button, so it gets included in Chrome.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. subfuzion 3/21/10 2:39 PM
Yeah, this is a real pain. I guess anyone who is not developing websites from Visual Studio won't really appreciate how annoying this really is. The problem is *further* compounded by the fact that there is no safety feature to not accidentally close the browser window when there are multiple tabs.

Here is the use case described in detail:

(1) I am working on a project in Visual Studio

(2) I have one or more browser windows with multiple tabs opened because of research on the topic related to my development work. I may also have a browser window open with my email, etc.

(3) I click run in Visual Studio to launch my website for testing.
    - IF I am using Internet Explorer, there is a setting that ensures that links opened from third party programs always opens a new browser window. My site is going to open up in a new browser window and after I've looked at it, I can close the window and resume development.

   - IF I am using Chrome (which I otherwise love because it is so lightweight and fast), my website is going to open up as a tab in a previously created browser window. Unfortunately, this is definitely going to be one of my research windows with multiple tabs open, or my email window, or my blog window, etc.  --- So, as soon as I'm done looking at the page, I click the close button because of years of habit. Now, if I was using Internet Explorer, it is at least polite enough to ask me if I'm sure I want to close all the tabs (this is also a configurable setting). Because it's Chrome -- poof! Everything goes away. This is EXTREMELY annoying.

If this use case doesn't apply to you, then it might be hard to understand why it's so annoying. It is much easier to reset Internet Explorer back as my default browser than to try to retrain myself not to automatically hit Ctrl-F4 and lose all my tabs at that point. I tried forcing myself to readjust to Ctrl-W to just close the tab, but unfortunately I still get bitten by this enough times that I no longer want Chrome opening automatically as my default browser.

I realize that minimalism is the guiding philosophy behind Chrome configuration, but an advanced settings tab with the following would be soooooo nice:

* Open links from third party applications in a new Chrome window
* Warn when closing windows with multiple tabs
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. Raz1954 10/23/10 10:51 AM
I discovered the following by accident when my shift key got stuck:
If you hold the shift key when selecting from the list of results following a search the page will open in a separate window.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. baergaj 1/17/11 9:29 AM
I use the New Tab, New Window extension to accomplish this when I need it: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/dndlcbaomdoggooaficldplkcmkfpgff
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. briandotcom0 1/17/11 3:23 PM
click opens in same tab
ctrl+click opens in new tab
shift+click opens in new window
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. Beth Rogers 6/21/11 4:02 PM
Yeah, it would be nice if Chrome would take some lessons from Firefox (or even the dreaded Internet Explorer!).  It wouldn't be too hard for them to add an option to be able to set this in the preferences/options section.  I prefer the default to be "open in a new window" whenever I click on a link, rather than having to right-click every time if and select "open in a new window".  I have arthritis in my thumb, and every time I have to right click (on my laptop) is another unnecessary strain on my thumb.  On the rare occasion I want to use "open in a new tab", then I don't mind right-clicking, but I don't want it as the default setting.  So, for now I'm using Firefox a lot more than Chrome.  I only use Chrome when I want to upload a bunch of files to Google Docs.  For some reason I get fewer errors/failures during uploading if I use Chrome (probably because Chrome is optimized for other Google services like Docs).

Sure, there may be shortcut keys and other tricks, but every other browser application lets you set this preference in your browser settings.  And someone else made a Very good point that whenever you have a window open with multiple tabs, Chrome doesn't give you a warning saying "you are about to close multiple tabs".  Firefox has that, although I don't use Explorer enough to remember if they have it, too.  Either way, it's obviously not rocket science to add this feature if they wanted to.

It's too bad, though.  I wanted to give Chrome a chance because they have some nice syncing features.  For example, I like that I can sync my bookmarks and access them from any computer that has Chrome installed.  For now I'll just have to stick with Firefox and their Xmarks extension (Xmarks lets you sync your bookmarks when you're on any computer that has Firefox plus Xmarks extension installed).  Xmarks' syncing isn't as seamless as Chrome's syncing, but it's good enough for now - at least until Chrome adds an option to have "open in a new window" as the default setting for when you click on a links.
Re: Open link in the same tab, a new tab or a new window. Beth Rogers 6/21/11 4:10 PM
@subfuzion:  you said,  "I realize that minimalism is the guiding philosophy behind Chrome configuration, but an advanced settings tab with the following would be soooooo nice."

I agree with everything you said earlier, except for that one thing I just quoted.  I don't think this option is an "advanced" setting.  It's pretty basic, and I don't see anything wrong with your wanting this feature to be added.  You made some excellent points as to why it's really essential for Chrome to add this, in particular for those users who need the option to set this preference as a default setting.  Afterall, isn't a "browser" mainly for browsing (in reference to the minimalism approach you mentioned)?  And shouldn't we be able to browse in whatever way is easiest and most practical for our browsing needs?  

If Chrome is willing to add things like including Wikipedia as a default search engine (seriously - are you kidding me?), then I don't think a default "open in a new window" option is too much to ask.