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Tip: Easily open links in new tabs by pressing the scroll wheel on your mouse

Posted By Ashraf On January 4, 2012 @ 8:29 PM In Tips 'n Tricks | 18 Comments

[1]I have been doing this for a long time now but it occurred to me some people may not know this nifty trick. Often times when I browse the web I come across multiple links that I want to follow. Since I can’t view multiple links in the same tab without risk of losing some links, I like to open links in new tabs, allowing me to easily switch between pages/websites as I desire. To open links in new tabs, I simply click on links with the scroll wheel on my mouse. In other words, instead of left-clicking on links I scroll-click on links; using the scroll wheel to click on links opens link in new tabs instead of the current tab.

For those of you with two button mice, you obviously can’t scroll-click with a scroll wheel you don’t have. So, instead, if you want to open links in a new tab hold Ctrl on your keyboard while left-clicking on a link — that will open the link in a new tab.

If you prefer opening links in new windows instead of tabs, you can do that by holding Shift on your keyboard while left-clicking on a link.

The best part? All the above tricks work in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera on Windows (I am not sure about other operating systems) with one exception: Shift clicking won’t open a link in new window for Opera.

[Thanks Bruce [2] and Rob (Down Under) [3]. | Image credit: FHKE [4]]


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[1] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mouse.jpg

[2] Bruce: http://dottech.org/tech-news/26210/chrome-is-now-the-most-popular-browser-while-internet-explorer-drops-below-40/comment-page-1/#comment-295342

[3] Rob (Down Under): http://dottech.org/tech-news/26210/chrome-is-now-the-most-popular-browser-while-internet-explorer-drops-below-40/comment-page-1/#comment-295880

[4] FHKE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhke/1803075064/

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