Forcing links that open in a ‘new window’ to open in a ‘new tab’

Do you want to force links that open in a new window to open in a new tab instead? The answer is pretty simple.

Firefox

  • Type the following in the url bar: about:config
  • Edit the following variables:
    • browser.link.open_external -> 3
    • browser.link.open_newwindow -> 3
    • browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction -> 0
  • If any of those variables is not yet defined, simply right click and select ‘new->integer’, enter the variable name then its integer value.

IE8

Simply:

  • Go to: tools -> internet options
  • Then make sure you select ‘always open pop-ups in a new tab‘ under ‘when a pop-up is encountered

That’s it!