How to Open All Links in a New Tab in Chrome

Each of the most popular web browsers has its own features and functions, and where most of them share features, functions, and settings for the sake of uniformity and intuitive design, many of them have additional features that are not immediately obvious. Here are a few things you should know about the Chrome web browser, including how to open all links in a new tab in Chrome.

Opening Links in a New Tab – What Is the Problem?

For those who are not clear on the subject, this article is about how to open a link in a new tab. When you click a link normally, the web page does one of two things. Either the link sends you to the destination (usually being another web page), or you click a link and it opens a new tab on your Chrome web browser.

Who decides if the link loads the page right there or opens a new tab and loads it there? The person who decides is the webmaster. The person who controls the website is able to choose if a link loads up a page in situ or if it is loaded on a new tab (or even a new Chrome window in some cases).

Why Do People Want “Every” Page Opened on a New Tab?

There are many reasons why somebody would want every page opened on a new tab. If a link takes you away from a website, then somebody who wishes to stay on a website may want the linked page to open on a new tab. This is especially true if the person is clicking an advert.

The most common reason is that people want to check out a bunch of different videos from a list, but they do not want to lose the list when they click the videos. So, they will open up a series of different tabs with different videos on them, check them out, and then close the tabs if the video is not what they were looking for.

A very similar thing happens when people are using search engines. People will open the search engine result links in new tabs, let them load, and then quickly skim through the opened pages, closing any that are not relevant. Here’s a list of methods that show you how to open all links in a new tab in Chrome.

Method 1 – Use the Middle Mouse Button/ Scroll Wheel Button

If you are using a mouse with a middle mouse button, or a clickable scroll wheel in the middle, then you can press that button to open links in a new tab. This even works for many types of videos and even picture files. You press the middle mouse button and a new tab appears on the same web browser window, and in it is the link’s destination.

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Method 2 – Using a Touchpad

You may be using a laptop or another device that uses a touchpad rather than a mouse. If that is the case, then you need to use a three fingered tip or click. However, some touchpads are not set up for a three-fingered click, so you have to use the pressable buttons below the touch pad.

Most touchpads have two pressable buttons below them. They are meant to take the place of the left and right clicker on your mouse. Press both of these buttons at the same time and this often instigates a middle-mouse click.

Method 3 – Hold Down the CTRL Key

Have you ever read documents on word processors like Word and the free LibreOffice system and noticed that you can click the links if you hold CTRL and then left click the link with your mouse cursor. The same function works on a Chrome browser.

The difference is that if you hold CTRL and then left click with your mouse using a Chrome browser, then it overrides the function that makes the destination load on your current tab. It overrides it and makes the link load on a new tab.

The problem with the CTRL method is that some websites may actually have a use for the CTRL button. For example, if you are trying to sign in to Outlook and you CTRL click the small link that says, “Forgotten your password,” then it will open a new tab on the forgotten password page. However, if on the same Outlook website you CTRL click the function that says “Sign-in Options,” then the in-page tool will activate rather than a new tab loading.

Method 4 – The Right-Click Menu

The method you are probably most accustomed to is clicking the right mouse button, opening up the menu, and then clicking the “Open Link in New Tab” function. It is a slow method for opening links in new tabs, and its slowness is probably the reason you are reading this article. Nevertheless, the right-click menu method has its uses.

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For example, if you are on an untrusted website and you are not sure if the web page has hijacked your page, then you can use the right-click method. The right-click method is safer because you if you try a regular left click, a mouse click, or the control method, then you may activate the hijacked page and be taken over to another website.

Final Thoughts – What About Apps and Browser Extensions

This article seems to be lacking in suitable apps and browser extensions. Though there are several good apps and extensions kicking around the Internet, you should probably stick to the methods listed in this article. There are three reasons for this.

The first reason is that apps and extensions that alter your clicks can easily be altered to track your web usage. Secondly, you can never be sure if you can trust such apps. Thirdly, as mentioned earlier with the Outlook.com example, some web pages use the same functions that apps and browser extensions use, which makes said apps/extensions unsuitable for certain websites, and especially for online games.

Did you know about the four simple methods listed in this article? Do you have a better or easier way to open links in a new tab? Let us know in the comments.

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