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Change Middle-Click in Google Chrome to Bring New Tabs to the Front

Have you ever noticed that middle-clicking your bookmarks bar in Google Chrome sends them into a new tab… in the background? It’s rather annoying, but there’s a quick extension that can solve the problem.

Of course, if you want to open a link in the foreground without an extension, you can right-click and open in new tab, which does load in the foreground… but that’s annoying on your bookmarks bar. This extension lets you configure the clicks however you want.

Right Click Opens Link in New Foreground Tab [Google Chrome Extensions]

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  • Published 07/28/10

Comments (2)

  1. Just2share

    If you prefer keyboard shortcuts (or your mouse doesn’t have a middle button), try Ctrl+Shift left-click, works in both Windows and Linux. For Mac users, try Command+Shift left-click. The link will open in a new tab, which loads in the foreground.

  2. Cesar Zanetti

    Do we really need an extension to do this? Is this extension something that just changes a configuration setting or two? If so, is there a way for me to change that setting by hand without installing an extension?

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