Fix Chrome Opening new links in new tab

Let us say you are searching for something in Google Search and click on a link that is showed in the results, generally, these links are opened in a new tab. However, at times, it is seen that these links open up in a new browser window. There are two major reasons behind this:

  • Settings in the Browser are such that the link opens in a new window. In cases like this, the settings can be changed so as to open the link in a new tab instead of a new window.
  • The link to the page(HTML source) is coded such that it has to open a new window. In this case, nothing much can be done.

In this article, we will be discussing different ways to Stop Google Chrome from opening a New Window when you click on a link.

Fix 1: Change the Settings in Search Page

Step 1: Open the Google Chrome Browser

Step 2: Type anything in the address bar (Eg: The Geek page) and hit Enter






Step 3: In the Google Search results page, click on Settings

Step 4: From the menu that appears, choose Search settings


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Step 5: In the opening window, scroll down and locate Where results open section

Step 6: Untick the Open each selected result in a new browser window option






Step 7: Close the browser window and re-open it. Check if the issue has resolved.

In case this doesn’t help, try the next fix.

Fix 2: Turn Off Sticky Keys Feature

Step 1: Open the Run Dialog. Shortcut Keys Windows+R can be used

Step 2: Type ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard  and hit Enter



Ease Of Access Command



Step 3: Under the Use Sticky Keys section, toggle the button to turn Off the Sticky Keys feature.






Step 4: Close the browser and open it again. Now check if the issue has resolved. If not, try the next fix.


Fix 3: Check for Malware in the System

Some users have reported that certain malware caused the issue. This malware installed an extension called ‘New tab, New Window’ and this extension was responsible for this behavior of opening the links in the new window. Run a full system scan and eradicate any malware present in the system

Step 1: Hold the keys Windows+r and open the Run Window

Step 2: Type ms-settings:windowsdefender and press OK






Step 3: In the settings window, choose Virus & Threat Protection






Step 4: In the window that opens, click on Scan Options



Scan Options



Step 5: Choose Full scan and press on Scan now button



Full Scan



Once the scan finishes, it notifies about any viruses and malware in the system. Take necessary steps to mitigate them.

Fix 4: Check if the Extensions or Add-ons are causing the issue

Step 1: Open the Run Dialog(Windows+R)

Step 2: To open the Google Chrome browser without any extensions  and addons type the following command

For 32-bit machine,

"C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-extensions --disable-plugins


For 64-bit machine,

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-extensions --disable-plugins






Step 3: Now, click on a link and check if the link is opening in a new window. In case you notice that the link is not opening in a new window now, this means that some add-on or extension had caused the issue.

Step 4: Check the list of extensions and add-ons in the chrome and disable one extension at a time and check if the issue exists. Repeat this step and identify the problematic extension and remove it from Chrome. Do the same thing for Add-ons as well. For help, check this link.

Fix 5: Reset the Browser Settings

Although this is a simple fix, this has helped many users to fix the issue.

Step 1: Open the Google Chrome Browser

Step 2: Click on three-dots at the top right corner, the menu option and choose Settings



Chrome Settings



Step 3: In the Settings tab that opens, from the left-hand side menu, click on Advanced

Step 4: From the drop-down choose Reset and clean up

Step 5: From the right-hand side menu, click on Restore settings to their original defaults



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Step 6: From the Reset settings? window, click on Reset settings






Step 7: Close and restart the browser and check if the issue solves.

That’s it.

We hope this has been informative. Thank you for Reading

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1 thought on “Fix Chrome Opening new links in new tab”

  1. Fix 1 sorted my problem of links not opening in new tabs. I was looking for the answer in the wrong settings list.

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