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[meta] Why not open a new tab?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Why don't links on PH open in a new tab?

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on February 24, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Anyway, forcing an action (open new tab on link click) has the perhaps unintended consequence of removing functionality that other users might prefer (open in same tab). This is not optimal considering it requires no extra effort on your part to open a page in a new tab, since all you have to do is click a different button on your mouse to accomplish it.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on February 24, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Users are often poorly equipped at expressing what they like or hate about an interface, and often-times say they like one thing, but during monitored user trials demonstrate frustration with the same mechanism. The fact that many websites incorporate a mechanism is not necessarily indicative of its inherent usability, but more often than not is just the nature of practices becoming common enough that you have to provide them because they are expected. I encourage you to peruse Jakob Nielsen's website http://www.useit.com/ - he is considered the foremost authority on website usability.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on February 23, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I'm with Matt too. And every site I do, I make sure the links open ina new page/tab. But I have one site I go to that not only has their links open in the same tab, but right-clicking is disallowed on the site! Talk about maddening.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 23, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Me too. This is the only site that I go to to that I need to do that though.

1a641bbff1a7b0a70f08410376bbdf6b

(1587)

on February 23, 2012
at 04:20 PM

lol, thx, I didn't now that! :)

A6b2325aefabe3e40c89646e40223f6f

on February 23, 2012
at 04:18 PM

or command-click for a mac...

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 04:12 PM

or ctrl click like Bree suggested!

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 04:11 PM

or scroll wheel click like Nivanthe suggested

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Awesome, thanks for the tip. I'll use that on PH from now on

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I'm agreeing with Matt on this one.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 23, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I might be behind the times a bit on web usability, but I find that most sites linking outside their domain typically open a new window/tab.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 03:47 PM

For example, I'm adding a link that you should look at in regards to this subject: http://tycoontalk.freelancer.com/html-forum/32504-hyperlink-target-open-in-new-tab.html but don't forget to right click open in a new tab so you can look at it before you come back and post or continue reading.

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40b065644e95a090f6a41808303773ae

on February 23, 2012
at 03:47 PM

I open links by clicking with the scroll wheel, which opens it in a new tab. My personal preference!

1a641bbff1a7b0a70f08410376bbdf6b

(1587)

on February 23, 2012
at 04:20 PM

lol, thx, I didn't now that! :)

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Awesome, thanks for the tip. I'll use that on PH from now on

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on February 23, 2012
at 03:46 PM

General web usability guidelines suggest that it is improper to impose browser functionality on users. Some people prefer opening links in the same tab in order to maintain navigation history (utilizing the back button).

If you want a new tab, right click on the link and select "open in new tab". That functionality is pretty ubiquitous across most recent browser versions.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on February 24, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Anyway, forcing an action (open new tab on link click) has the perhaps unintended consequence of removing functionality that other users might prefer (open in same tab). This is not optimal considering it requires no extra effort on your part to open a page in a new tab, since all you have to do is click a different button on your mouse to accomplish it.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on February 23, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I'm with Matt too. And every site I do, I make sure the links open ina new page/tab. But I have one site I go to that not only has their links open in the same tab, but right-clicking is disallowed on the site! Talk about maddening.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on February 24, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Users are often poorly equipped at expressing what they like or hate about an interface, and often-times say they like one thing, but during monitored user trials demonstrate frustration with the same mechanism. The fact that many websites incorporate a mechanism is not necessarily indicative of its inherent usability, but more often than not is just the nature of practices becoming common enough that you have to provide them because they are expected. I encourage you to peruse Jakob Nielsen's website http://www.useit.com/ - he is considered the foremost authority on website usability.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 23, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I might be behind the times a bit on web usability, but I find that most sites linking outside their domain typically open a new window/tab.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 23, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I'm agreeing with Matt on this one.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Press the control button (if you're a pc user) before you click your mouse and it will open in a new tab

A6b2325aefabe3e40c89646e40223f6f

on February 23, 2012
at 04:18 PM

or command-click for a mac...

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I always right click and open in new tab myself...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 23, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Me too. This is the only site that I go to to that I need to do that though.

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on November 26, 2012
at 05:27 PM

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