Middle clicking on a link with my mouse is supposed to open the link in a new tab. Increasingly, I’m finding sites where the link opens in the same tab, which is not what I want. I then have to click back, then right-click the link and and manually select open in new tab.
Here’s that same These timings link. Middle clicking on it from my post opens it in a new tab, so it’s something about the BBC News site, not the link itself.
How are they doing this? More importantly, how can I avoid this behavior? Is there some browser setting I can change?
Are there any other examples of links that behave like this that you have discovered?
The Pale Blue Dot link is within the bbc.co.uk site. It’s only links to external sites that have that behavior. On that page, anyway. Another site I had this problem on was webmail hosted on yahoo.com, where the links for each message had the same annoying behavior, again only with Chromium. I’d expect those were on the same site, but I can’t check now, since they “upgraded” their webmail site.
I’m also trying out Opera, as an alternative to Chromium. Not sure I’m going to like it, though. It’s kind of a pain to get to regular bookmarks, and the bookmarks toolbar didn’t populate when I saved my Chromuim bookmarks and loaded them in Opera. But maybe I just don’t know what I’m doing.
I also see that behavior on that page with Chrome on my computer. Why it would only affect Chrome, I can’t say.