This tip is for Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox 3 and newer, and Google Chrome and works in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Not a week goes by that we don’t receive a few emails from people telling us that our links don’t work on one page or another. And sure enough, we’ll go check and the links are working perfectly. The problem is the don’t have their browsers configured to switch to new tabs as they are opened. If browsers are not configured to switch to the new tabs as they are opened, then there is a good chance a user won’t notice that a new tab has been created. When browsers featuring tabbed browsing are not configured correctly and a user clicks a link that opens a new tab, the old tab remains in focus, and the new tab may go unnoticed – especially if there a few other tabs already open.
Tabbed browsing is a great feature – and it saves having a lot of separate browser windows open, that’s for sure. But when tabbed-browsing is not set up correctly it may seem like links are not working. We are reminding you to make sure your browser is set to switch to new tabs when they are opened.
Here are the instructions for the three most popular browsers:
Internet Explorer 8 and 9
Click “Tools” “Internet Options” and on the “General” screen (the default dialog) click the “Settings” button next to “Change how web pages are displayed in tabs”. Then in the Tabs dialog check the box next to “Always switch to new tabs when they are created”.
Click “Tools”, “Options” then click on “Tabs” and check the boxes that say “Open new windows in a new tab instead” and “When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately.”
Google Chrome Browser
Chrome is auto-configured to switch to new tabs as they are opened. No problems with tabs if you use Chrome.
If you use Firefox or Internet Explorer, why not check right now to make sure your browser is set to switch to new tabs whenever they’re created. You’ll find your browsing experience will be much better this way!