I don’t like it when I click on a link and a new window or tab opens in my web browser.
This might be because I’m a bit of a control freak and I want to decide when new windows and tabs open rather than have code decide for me.
There is also another issue. I already have so many tabs open that one more just might be the one to crash the browser. ;-)
A link will open a new tab or window if target=_”blank” is added to the link code. For example,
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwbridge/" title="Flickr" target="_blank"> My photos </a>
On a PC can decide if I want to open a new tab by holding down the Ctrl key when I click on a link. On a MAC I believe it’s the command key. When I want to open a new link but also keep the current page open this is how I do it and I use it frequently. I don’t need whether a new tab opens or not decided for me.
Some people argue that if the link doesn’t open a new tab the visitor will be leaving the page and might not come back. Ok – maybe so. But I would prefer to lose that visitor rather than alienate the one’s who don’t want new windows spawning all over their screen. And if there really is some information on my site that that person wants, I’m sure he will find his way back.
So now I’m curious. How do you feel about this issue? Does it bother you when new windows open, do you want new windows to open, or are you completely indifferent? Did you know you could hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a link to open a new tab?
photo credit: Pieter Musterd