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    This is something that has always bothered me a bit on these forums. If it's feasible, I think it would be preferable to have links posted on the forum automatically open to a new tab instead of navigating the user away from the forum. I can see this being much more convenient because more often than not, a link accompanies or supplements what someone is saying, and I don't want to have to right click and say "open in new tab" in order to stay on the forum page and not lose my place.

    The argument against this would be that you can always choose to right click and select "open in new tab" if you really want to, but I honestly can't think of a situation in which navigating away from the forum would be preferable. I'm on another v-bulletin forum that does it this way, so sometimes I'll forget that it doesn't open in a new tab and click on it anyway, then I'll have to go back, right click, select "open in new tab," and it adds like 4 button clicks to something that should have taken one.

    I know it's possible because I'm on another v-bulletin forum that does it, but I'm not sure how difficult it is to implement. If it's not too difficult, I think it would improve the user friendliness of the forums.
    Last edited by Musashi; 26th March 2012 at 01:34 PM.
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    Default Re: New Tab for Links

    If you have a mouse-wheel, press it down as you would the left or right mouse buttons. That opens a new tab for a link in one click on FireFox and IE (not sure on others).

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    On Chrome, you just right click and the scroll down to where it says "Open link in new tab" and just left click on that.

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    Default Re: New Tab for Links

    As a side note, please don't use the development prefix when you're just pitching us an idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iteru View Post
    If you have a mouse-wheel, press it down as you would the left or right mouse buttons. That opens a new tab for a link in one click on FireFox and IE (not sure on others).
    Yes I know. I don't have one at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ino-Chan View Post
    On Chrome, you just right click and the scroll down to where it says "Open link in new tab" and just left click on that.
    I know... I said that like three times in the OP.
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    For laptops with those track pads and two mouse buttons, you can press both button simultaneously for the same effect.

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    I didn't post this thread to ask how to open a new tab. I know it's possible. I posted it as a suggestion, and I think it's a pretty good one.
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    Yes, but... With so many alternate methods already available, it may not be worthwhile to do. Especially since it's unknown if it comes vB standard or if an add-on is required.

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    I did some searches on the vB mod forum, and I couldn't find anything on it. Honestly I can't really see it being an add on since it doesn't really add anything. I don't really know how difficult it is to implement, but I do know that it's possible because other forums do it and it makes life less stressful.
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    Any thoughts @Archaic?

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    Default Re: New Tab for Links

    It's something we can do with an inbuilt feature of vBulletin. Having said that however, I don't really have any plans to implement it. It's possible to do this by using a keyboard shortcut or an option on a right click. It's *not* as easy to do the opposite, forcing a link to open in the same tab or window when the site is set to do that by default. It'd likely annoy a number of users.
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    I'm not really sure why anyone would not want a new tab, but if that's the way it is then that's the way it is.
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    I think this is a bad / somewhat pointless idea.
    Just out of habit, if you want a new tab / window you should always right click and open in a new tab / window on any link, not just here but anywhere online. Very rarely does the site do it on its own. You can't tell every web developer out there to change the way links open just because you don't feel like telling the link to open in a new tab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyjenn View Post
    I think this is a bad / somewhat pointless idea.
    Just out of habit, if you want a new tab / window you should always right click and open in a new tab / window on any link, not just here but anywhere online. Very rarely does the site do it on its own. You can't tell every web developer out there to change the way links open just because you don't feel like telling the link to open in a new tab.
    Websites I know of who do this on their own:
    Facebook
    Youtube
    4chan
    Smogon Forums
    Kendo World Forums
    Pretty much every other forum I've ever been a part of

    What internet are you using?
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    Default Re: New Tab for Links

    Websites that open outside links in the same window:
    Google
    Apple (it hardly has any outside links but when it does they open in the same window)
    The official Pokémon website
    Pokémon Global Link (on some of its links)
    Pokémon TCG Online (on some of its links)
    Wikipedia
    Just about anyone's personal webpage

    Websites that open it in a separate tab only do it as a convenience... the default is to open it in the same window. When you make a website, the simplest link to make uses the code
    Code:
    <a href="http://www.google.com/">Google</a>
    That code opens the page in the same window / tab

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