All browsers make it easy to open links in a new tab/window if that's what you want (Ctrl-click / Shift-click), whereas opening a link in the same window when the link itself is determined to open in a new one is generally not possible, as far as I'm aware.

I keep SO as a pinned tab in Firefox and see switching sites as a feature of the application, rather than as navigating somewhere else - particularly now that the top bar is even more obviously a shared element across sites. It'd be handy if switching to a different site reused the same tab, rather than opening a new, non-pinned one every time - which I could achieve anyway with a Ctrl-click if I really wanted another tab open.

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    If I click on a site name in the SE logo drop menu, it opens in the same tab. Do I miss something? – yo' Dec 5 '13 at 12:41
  • So you are asking for a feature that is already there? – Oded Dec 5 '13 at 12:42
  • If you really don't want to stay on the same page after opening the link, then middle-click on the tab to close it. – shad0w_wa1k3r Dec 5 '13 at 12:42
  • @Oded Hmm, apparently I am. The behaviour is different when the tab is pinned though. – shambulator Dec 5 '13 at 12:42
  • @shambulator - sounds like a FF issue then ;) – Oded Dec 5 '13 at 12:43
  • @shambulator Then it's probably your browser who needs a feature-request :D – yo' Dec 5 '13 at 12:43
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    Stack Exchange -> Firefox Meta. <opens in new tab> D'oh! :) – shambulator Dec 5 '13 at 12:45

This behavior is different for pinned tabs. I'm on Max OS X El Capitan.

Firefox 50.1.0

  • Links to the current community are opened in the same tab.
  • Links to other communities are openend in a new tab.

SO Menu in Firefox

Safari 10.0.2

  • Links to *.stackexchange.com are opened in the same tab.
  • External link to stackoverflow.com is opened in a new tab.

SO Menu in Safari


I can confirm that in regual (not pinned) tabs all links open in the same tab. Is there a way for SO to fix this so that all links open in the same pinned tab, or is this browser-specific?

  • I'm using Chrome latest and everything in that menu opens for me in the same tab. – doppelgreener Jan 8 '17 at 3:00

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