Occasionally Google Chrome web browser will open links and pop-ups in a new window instead of new tab within the same window with tab containing originating web page. Unlike IE and Firefox which have options that can be set to open pop-ups and links in new tab in current window, Chrome web browser does not have such convenient control option.

As a result, Chrome will obey HTML code of target=”_new” blindly to open links or pop-ups in new window when most modern browsers flexibly adjust default behavior based on user preferences. In addition, most of the times links will open and load itself in current tab, replacing existing web page that you may still want to read or reference. In such cases, it’s no non-sense to open the link in a new tab for further reading.

Chrome has several different ways of which users can make a link or cause a pop-up to open in new tab instead of new window, overriding what is encoding on web pages.

Method 1: Right Click and Open Link in a New Tab

The easiest way to open any link in a new tab is to right click on the link, and choose Open link in a new tab.

Open Link in New Tab of Chrome

Method 2: Press Ctrl (+ Shift) Key and Click on Link to Open in New Tab

Press and hold down on Ctrl key, and click on the link to open the destination page in a new background tab (not in focus)

Ctrl + Click

If you want the destination link to open in a new tab, and immediately be brought to the new tab to view the web page, press and hold Ctrl + Shift simultaneously, and click on the link.

Method 3: Middle Click on the Link to Open in New Tab

If you’re using mouse that has middle button (usually also as scroll wheel), just middle-click on the link, and the link will open in a new unfocused tab in background.

Middle Click

To open link in a new focused tab in the foreground, press and hold Shift and middle-click on the link.

Middle button won’t work in Mac OS X, and in some models of mice that don’t support middle button.

Method 4: Drag and Drop Links to Tab Bar New Tab

Click and drag the link (or text) on a web page, and drop it anywhere in the Tab bar, the link will automatically open in new tab. You can even position the new tab on the location you prefer.

Drag and Drop to Chrome Tab Bar

The trick also works for text, where the dropped text will automatically search with Google search engine in new tab.

Method 5: Drag the New Window Back to Existing Windows as Tab

Sometimes, pop-up may automatically opens itself, or only after you clicked that you notice that a link is opened in new window. When a new pop-up or link is opened in new Chrome window, normally without the Tab bar.

Chrome users can easily move a web page in a new window back to current window as a tab. To do so, right click on the top border (title bar of Chrome web browser), and select Show as tab. Then, drag and drop the tab in new window back to existing window.

Show as Tab in Chrome

Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop the URL link location in the Chrome address bar of new window back to existing Chrome web browser window to append as new tab.

Both ways provide ability to pinpoint the exact place where you want the new tab to be inserted.

Method 6: Use Chrome Extensions to Force New Tab

There are a few Google Chrome extensions (plug-ins) that can be used to force all new window to automatically open in new tab instead.

One Window: An add-on that automatically moves new Chrome window and popup as tab to the main Chrome window so that Chrome will never have more than a single Window open. The plugin works by actually allowing the popup or new window to open, and then transform the new Chrome window into a tab.

Open _new & _blank in new background tab: Forces all links that have _new or _blank as target to open in a new background tab, instead of a foreground tab. This plugin does not really work on popup and new window that been opened via JavaScript or complex HTML code.

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  • yazzoo7

    So here we are fast approaching 2015 and Chrome still doesn’t have an add on like Firefox’ Tabs Mix Plus. Instead, if we want to open a link in a new tab we have to incorporate an additional key stroke (or two key strokes if you want the tab to be focused). And when doing a search in the address bar, if you don’t want to over write your current tab, you first have to click on the new tab icon, then do your search from there. Geez Chrome. Can you say Commodore 64 and 5/1/4″ floppy? C’mon, get with the times. Or at least join the 80’s.

  • Anon A . Mus

    why can’t chrome open a new tab whenever I type a new address in? Firefox handles this without any problem. I just lost a tech support session because Chrome opened an address in place of my tech support. Frustrating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alvin Brinson

    So there’s no solution for those websites whose developers are monkeys that only know how to open a link as a javascript link. I end up navigating way down into a menu system, have to open a single link, and then lose where I was at when I go back for the next link and have to navigate way down again. Absolutely no excuse for this and it slows down my work flow greatly.


    I use alexaboostup . It alwaway pop up in new big window and forcus. I want it open in new tab or not forcus.

  • Myhox

    Thanl you for sharing great tips. It will be helpful to use Google Chrome. Ctrl+T open the new tab.

  • mrinal

    hey there these are some great tips thanks ..
    One way that i used is take advantage of google preference

    here you will find an option

    Where results open

    click on Open each selected result in a new browser window and that’s it …

    note : you need to login to your google account but thats not a big issue right ??

  • Rob

    @Google: C’mon, make this an option.

    @David: can you try that again in English?

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