Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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How should links open?

Always in same tab (like now)
1
6%
External links to new tab/window
7
44%
All links to new tab/window
8
50%
 
Total votes: 16

Caito
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Re: What would you add to F1technical?

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When you click a link in a forum thread it redirects you, taking you out of the forum


Is it possible to make links send you to a new tab, without having to ctrl+click, center click, or whatever you use to open link in new tab?


Just lazy I guess :p
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Richard
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Re: What would you add to F1technical?

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Caito wrote:When you click a link in a forum thread it redirects you, taking you out of the forum


Is it possible to make links send you to a new tab, without having to ctrl+click, center click, or whatever you use to open link in new tab?


Just lazy I guess :p

Use Tab Mix Plus on Firefox. It has an option to force links to another site to open in a new window. Links within the site work like normal.

Personally, I bring up the "new posts" page, then hold down the control key and click on all the trheads I want to read in new tabs.

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Fil
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Re: What would you add to F1technical?

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External links currently open in the same window by default.

It'd be handy if by default they'd open in a new tab/window.


Yes, sometimes I'm too lazy to hold down the shortcut button to do this for me. But i shouldn't have to! :-P
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Re: What would you add to F1technical?

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Fil wrote:External links currently open in the same window by default.

It'd be handy if by default they'd open in a new tab/window.
There is a setting in Firefox to force external links to open in a new tab. Its in the TabMixPlus plugin.

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Fil
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Re: What would you add to F1technical?

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Ah sweet, just found that setting! Thanks Richard
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Dragonfly
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Re: What would you add to F1technical?

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Also, make all hyperlinks open in a new tab or window. I think it's possible with this platform.
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Steven
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Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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Since there's been quite a bit of discussion, how should the forum behave for links that were posted?

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flynfrog
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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Links in a new tab please [-o<

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Fil
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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Tomba, it makes sense to at least make external links open in a new tab. Why would you promote sending users off your site?
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rjsa
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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YES!

Caito
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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What I find better is to open links in new tab but remain in the forum tab.
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Dragonfly
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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Caito wrote:What I find better is to open links in new tab but remain in the forum tab.
It's a browser setting and browser dependable IMO.
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Richard
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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External links is an obvious one to default to open in new tab.

Internal links should be left to users to adjust their browser settings accordingly. The reasoning is:

1 - If all internal inks defaulted to a new tab then spring a lot of new tabs on unsuspecting users, it'll be clutter that people might not want. More importantly it would be hard (impossible?) for a user to override that behaviour.

2 - If all internal links defaulted to same tab then we're not going to create a lot of clutter. More importantly it is easy for users to force links to open in new tabs. Simply hold down control when you click, or right click and select "open in new tab".

The essence is that the first scenario imposes on the user and it is irreversible. The second allows users to choose how they want the site to behave.

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Steven
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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It is possible to implement all alternatives, but I agree with richard_leeds that "always new tab" is a bad idea to default on.
People wanting that behaviour can configure that in their browser (at least when it's a decent one).

Seeing that nobody has yet voted to keep it like it is now, I guess work is on hand :D

Caito
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Re: Open website links to new tab/window/same page?

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Just in case, I'm referring to forum links. If Im on the main and click a news article, it should open in the same window.

you can ctrl+click, or middle click to open it on a new tab
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