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Open new tab on middle-click Bob Crosley 11/11/08 8:33 AM
My tab browsing is built around one ingrained behavior, middle-clicking with the mouse (scroll wheel) to open a link in a new tab. Both Firefox and IE allow it, but Chrome does not. It's the one thing that prevents it from being my default browser.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Nicholas Wautier 11/11/08 9:24 AM
The middle-click new tab works for me...  Try updating to the latest version.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Bob Crosley 11/11/08 10:26 AM
Fantastic Nick. Updating did the trick.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 5/26/09 12:53 AM
Now using version 2.0.172.28, I think this is the latest, middle-click does not work properly.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click sprudd 5/26/09 1:20 AM
@ renttu - It also depends on what settings you have set-up for your mouses middle click.  2.0.172.30 is the latest version, and it works fine in there.  If you are using a wheel mouse, ensure that it is set-up to perform the middle click function when clicking.  On a pc you can see how it is set-up using the control panel, mouse.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 5/26/09 11:47 PM
Nothing wring with my mouse settings. Works fine with every other browser. Works also on some links on Chrome but not if there are any
extra parameters like onClick, then it opens ink in same tab. So yes, this really is a bug in Chrome.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click GS9000 7/25/09 12:11 AM
I am also seeing strange behavior when I middle click on a link to open it in a new tab.  The mouse cursor will sometimes switch to the scroll icon.  Sometimes the new tab will open, sometimes it won't.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click riow 8/17/09 12:40 AM
I've been upgraded to the latest but it didn't change the mid click from scroll to opening new tab.  Any help pls?
Re: Open new tab on middle-click riow 8/17/09 12:41 AM
BTW I'm using version 3.0.196.0
Re: Open new tab on middle-click centuren 11/11/09 12:53 PM
The post by sprudd led me to check the settings in my Logitech control center, and sure enough the scroll wheel wasn't set to middle click as default.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 11/22/09 8:51 AM
Using version 4.0.223.16 now, seems the problem has been fixed now. At least I could not repeat same bug in a quick test.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Ibutsu 11/22/09 10:33 AM
It works on some sites, but not others. It's strange.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Franknarf 3/24/10 4:31 PM
It does work, but NOT ON GOOGLE'S SITES (YouTube, these forums), though it does work on some (Gmail, others?). I'm surprised no one pointed that out above.

Version: 5.0.356.2 dev ("up to date" on the about screen)
OS: Windows XP SP3
Mouse: Built-in Thinkpad mouse buttons and USB Logitech mouse
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Franknarf 3/24/10 4:33 PM
CTRL+click also fails, of course.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click flyonawall 4/9/10 10:01 AM
You're not using the IE Tab extension are you on the sites that it doesn't work on?  I noticed that I get the scroll wheel when I'm using IE Tab to render the site.  Middle-scrollwheel-click and CTRL+click work fine in non-IE Tab sites.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Franknarf 4/9/10 10:14 AM
Nope; extensions below.

Seems to work fine on the forum site and most of Youtube now, for whatever reason. But try visiting a user's page on Youtube and middle- or CTRL-clicking on a video. I guess that the failure there is a deliberate design choice, but it's irritating.

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Re: Open new tab on middle-click carson123654 5/6/10 8:04 AM
for me it opens the link in a new tab and in the main tab aswell. so i end up having the new site twice.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Bakey 5/7/10 7:42 AM
I also get the site opening in a new tab and the current, active tab, so I get 2 copies
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 5/26/10 8:25 AM
From version 2.0 to current 5.0.375.55 beta, still absolutely zero progress on a simple matter like this. I guess it is a deliberate choice to keep Chrome unusable.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Emilet 6/1/10 3:25 AM
It used to work for me but now the site opens in the same window. :(
Re: Open new tab on middle-click gezginrocker 6/1/10 4:30 AM
With Firefox, I could use middle mouse button to open all links in new tab.

With Chrome, this is not working for all links. When I click middle mouse button Chrome opens only some links in new tab. The others are being opened in the same tab. For example at YouTube user channels. When I click middle mouse button on a video link on the right menu, it opens in the same tab.

Google Chrome        6.0.408.1 (Official Build 47574) dev
WebKit        534.0
V8        2.2.10
User Agent        Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.0 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/6.0.408.1 Safari/534.0
Re: Open new tab on middle-click micah.d.lamb 6/11/10 3:15 PM
I am probably having the same problem as Franknarf.  The middle click and control clicks are not opening the links in a new tab all the time.  It never works on youtube.  I haven't looked that far into it but it seems to be broken when the new page is opened by an onclick function.  I have this problem on multiple computers and mice I have tried.  I do not have this problem in either firefox or ie.  It is extremely annoying, enough so that I will continue to use firefox until it is fixed.  Do the google chrome developers know about this?
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Peter Grabs 6/24/10 11:31 AM
this extension fixes the problem for all pages i know of:
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/ikbkhpkapkmhaoiabhlkmicpeakhhpip
Re: Open new tab on middle-click BM136 8/10/10 5:22 AM
Thanks a lot Peter, the extension works perfectly
Re: Open new tab on middle-click bmmmolloy 10/5/10 9:44 AM
It's still broken - middle click works to open a new tab in the background on some pages, but not in Google Sites lists, like Franknarf posted.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click ja2038 10/10/10 1:19 AM
It's not working at the New York Times either in Chrome, but it does work in Firefox and even, gag, IE.

Visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/world/americas/10chile.html and then middle click on a "most popular" article in the right side column.  On FF and IE, it middle clicks into a new tab, and on Chrome, it middle clicks into the same tab.

A right click, choose new tab, does work.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click The.Kandy.Killer 10/26/10 8:34 AM
There's nothing you can do about, it all has to do with the fact that some site use Javascripts that will block your middle mouse button click, or set it to open in the same window. Some times sites will do so in order to prevent a user from opening simultaneously multiple tabs at the same time (to save bandwidth and prevent server overloads). Firefox and IE some times can override this feature.

In Opera web browser, the same will happen.

Try and see it for your self, go to Kijiji's website select any country and state/province and search for anything, in the results try clicking with the middle mouse button, doesn't work, right? Now open the same site in Opera web browser and disable Javascript. Now, middle click opens the tabs in the background.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 10/26/10 2:16 PM
Firefox works fine, IE works too. Why is this a problem only to Chrome and Opera? (have not tested other browsers).

Javascript behavior in browser should be configurable to ignore dumb things some sites try to do.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click aPaulo 11/10/10 6:33 AM
Not that I know this for sure, but sometimes FF and IE are more loose when it comes to following standards. It could be that Chrome and Opera work correctly, while FF and IE are the offending parties, whether we like it or not!
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 11/10/10 8:55 AM
^ IMO what user wants counts, not what some dumb web designer thinks. If standards say user should be ignored then there is something wrong with standards.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click aPaulo 11/10/10 9:01 AM
^ As a user, I agree!
As the NY Times (for example) I might not want you opening 5 tabs to read different articles all at the same time. Standards look at everyone's wants & needs. I would imagine the paying ones get special attention.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click GeekGirlFriday 11/21/10 11:54 AM
Strangely, this worked for me fine up til this morning- I have to right click and open in a new tab, before the scroll wheel did it for me. I don't know if it's my mouse or what, but it's irksome. The extension did nothing to fix it. It's not just Google sites- every site, like Reddit and Fark and Facebook, are affected.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click skakavac 11/23/10 7:06 PM
I have version 7.0.517.44 and it seems to have stopped working :-/
Re: Open new tab on middle-click aPaulo 11/23/10 7:16 PM
^7.0.517.44, plugin version 0.8 working here.
Re: Open new tab on middle-click cloudpilot 12/8/10 8:06 AM
Chrome seems to do it for all links that trigger Javascript instead of a "regular" href.

I find it a problem as well. Google, are you reading this??
Re: Open new tab on middle-click cloudpilot 12/8/10 8:10 AM
UPDATE - this extension seems to fix middle-click behavior:

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/ikbkhpkapkmhaoiabhlkmicpeakhhpip
Re: Open new tab on middle-click rcobb3 2/21/11 4:21 PM
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/ikbkhpkapkmhaoiabhlkmicpeakhhpip
that extension worked for me on youtube which had the middle click problem
Thanks!
Re: Open new tab on middle-click Ilovejesus 5/24/11 6:39 PM
I have a Logitech mouse and I had to go into the Logitech Setpoint window, select the middle scroll button (currently set to "zoom"), select "other", and then select "generic button".  This allowed me to middle button click a link in Google Chrome and Chrome would open the link in a new tab.  Hope this helps!
Re: Open new tab on middle-click renttu 5/27/11 1:27 AM
@Ilovejesus: your solution has nothing to do with the bug in chrome
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