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Forum topic by myoldhouse posted 09-24-2007 08:10 AM 1339 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2007 08:10 AM

hey martin -

fine forum you’ve got going here. i don’t know what software you use for it, but perhaps there is an option in it to implement this suggestion…

have off-site links open in a new window (or tab, for those of us with firefox – it’s great)

a couple of quick benefits to this:

1 – you retain your traffic on the site
2 – for those, like me, who tend to wander the web, going off on tangents depending on what we’re surfing, we won’t have to try to figure out how we got to where we are and what we were originally looking at anyway and start dancing through our back button… lj will still be right there.

i’ve set up a couple of forums in a past web-head life, and always suggested this to the client. if it’s not a major re-code it might be worth thinking about…

-- OW! that was my THUMB! MyOldHouse in London ON

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#1 posted 09-24-2007 08:44 AM

I’ve been wondering about the same thing. Too often I’ll start out on this site then end up on some obscure woodworking site and no idea how to get back to the original item or blog I started with on LJ (other than opening a new tab and going to LJ again to look for it) Anyway if it’s not too hard to implement it would be a great addition to an already awesome sight.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#2 posted 09-24-2007 09:03 AM

Right click….open in new window. I know it’s not quite as convenient but do it for awhile and it becomes habit.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 09-24-2007 02:19 PM

Thanks for the hint. After about 15 years of mouse clicks,
I never new about the right click to open a new window from a link.
Just tried it and it works great !
Thanks Bob !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 09-24-2007 02:33 PM

aren’t computers wonderful?? !!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-24-2007 05:16 PM

I use control-click to open in a new tab (under Firefox and Opera), and when I’ve got an external mouse plugged into one of the laptops (or I’m at a desktop), middle-click.

I hate when a site makes me open up in a new window, because I’m so addicted to tabs.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 09-24-2007 05:24 PM

what’s a “new window” :) tabs are a brilliant invention! lol right next to the electric water pump.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 09-24-2007 06:13 PM

Web browsing 101 – Part of the Lumber Jocks Cyber Skill Share

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 09-25-2007 09:01 AM

Thanks for starting this topic, myoldhouse.

As far as I know the best practice in the web design these days is to avoid using forced new window links because lots of people just hate pop-ups and with all of the modern browsers you have an easy way to open the standard links in the same tab, new tab or even new window (as mentioned in the comments above). So the control is in the user’s hands. Plus there is always back button in case we get lost.

Hope this helps.

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#9 posted 09-25-2007 01:36 PM

(ok just call me a kiss up) I would have to agree with Martin, leave the control in my hands.

And everyone should switch to FireFox <giggle> <control> new tab, <shift> new window

But I still want a “note pad” for my “honey do list” of projects here on the site <grin>

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 09-25-2007 03:06 PM

For those of you who may be interested here is another way to open a new tab in IE or Firefox (which is the best thing since sliced bread and ice cream.)

If you have a mouse with the little scroll wheel in the center….

Highlight the link you are interested in and press the little scroll wheel.

Voila… a new tab opens with the link you highlighted.

One simple step.


-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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#11 posted 09-25-2007 03:42 PM

Very cool tip Aubrey. I just tried it with Firefox and it works (opens in a new tab). Great stuff.

Actually, I did not even need to highlight the link, just click on it with the scroll wheel.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 09-25-2007 04:01 PM

Well, Aubrey…just when I thought I knew everything. Now I’m going to have to clean the food, coffee and assorted junk out of my scroll wheel. It doesn’t click, so much as crunch.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 09-25-2007 04:28 PM

well for Heaven’s Sake!!

well that just saved me tons of “seconds” while catching up on the Pulse… opening several new tabs with simple clicks of the wheel… zip zip zip.. cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 09-25-2007 04:55 PM

Another new tip from a LJ’er

I find that I sometimes close IE when I intended to close the tab.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 09-28-2007 12:22 AM


There is a little pop-up message in IE that will ask you if you want to close all tabs.

I don’t recall if that function is one of those where future notifications can be turned on/off or not.

You can also close a tab by using the scroll wheel the same way (with your pointer on the tab itself.)

For all you Firefox people out there who close a tab by accident, there is an easy way to re-open it.

Click History.

Scroll down to Recently Closed Tabs and the list will appear.

Then click on the one you want to re-open.

-- Jesus was a Jewish carpenter.

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