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Have all links open in a new tab?

I often want to open links in the question or answers on. Stack Overflow in a new tab. But in that case, I always need to right click on the link and then give a command to open it in a new tab. I think it would be good to set all the links in answers and questions on Stack Overflow to open in a new tab when clicking on those links.

I think others would also appreciate this feature if it were available.

If others don't want to add this feature to the site, then allow users to add that feature to their own user account. Then each user can control link behavior in their own user account.

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ALL OF THEM?! –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 1 '13 at 9:16
    
Okay,It seems others don't like to have this feature. But I ask from the admin, I would like to have this feature in user control section to activate or not. Then if someone need this, he can add it to their account. –  Janaka R Rajapaksha Feb 1 '13 at 9:20
    
With the current scheme you have choice; just right-click. With your scheme you take away choice from everybody else (unless you add some extra user-customization settings that they then have to go futz with and SE has to write). I can't work up too much sympathy for "I don't want to have to right-click". You're clicking anyway; just move over and click once more on what is probably the first or second item on the menu. Or customize your own browser. –  Monica Cellio Feb 1 '13 at 15:53
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There a way to always open in a new tab when you click the link.

For Windows / Linux:
press Ctrl + click the link.

For Mac:
press Command + click the link.

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I know these shortcuts. But it needs more action. Just try to develop the tasks to do in low quantity of actions. –  Janaka R Rajapaksha Feb 1 '13 at 9:01
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Depending on your browser you can do this already:

  • Clicking on a link will open it in your current tab.
  • Holding Ctrl and clicking on a link will open it in a new tab.
  • Holding Ctrl + ⇧ Shift and clicking on a link will open it in a new tab and make that the tab you have open.

Or, as stated, you can simply right click and use the menu options.

I don't see a need for something built into the system.

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And Shift + click = New Window :) –  hims056 Feb 1 '13 at 9:09
    
I know these shortcuts. I just mention because many one will prefer if they can do a task using a minimum quantity of actions. –  Janaka R Rajapaksha Feb 1 '13 at 9:10
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Middle mouse button is usually the same as Ctrl+left click. –  balpha Feb 1 '13 at 9:10
    
Clicking with the middle mouse button is my favorite "open-in-new-tab" action: no additional key to press! –  Joachim Sauer Feb 1 '13 at 9:11
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