Coretron’s Tech Blog

September 22, 2008

Middle clicking stuff to open in a new tab

Filed under: Google, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — coretron @ 2:51 am

Many people have their middle mouse button set to open a link in a new tab, it’s a great feature. Today I was on engadget and waned to use their search box, but I wanted the results to open a new tab. I hovered my cursor above the search button and thought to myself “this is going to be awesome if this works!” It didn’t. So I did what any loyal follower of Google would do and submitted the idea to them. 

This got me thinking about how I had complete faith that someone working for Google would read the message, agree with me, and fix my problem. I see some similarities between praying and submitting error reports. When things go wrong we turn to them. Some people have faith that their message will be heard and fewer think the message will actually help resolve the situation. Some do it to help humanity, either by praying for world peace or suggesting additional middle button mouse features.



  1. i just read this post in my google reader. i tried clicking my middle button on the title and sure enough it brought me to a new tab. i went back, and realized even a left click opens a new tab when in google reader. so i tried my middle button on a normal link – sure enough it worked in google chrome. thanks for the tip! and i like your praying analogy, just remember that balance is key – don’t put ALL your faith into one basket.

    Comment by dani — September 22, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

  2. the idea is ok, but the real problem is there are already more efficient (and faster) ways to do this. Why use a mouse when you can do everything from your keyboard?

    hold ctrl, then press t then press k.

    ctr1+t opens a new tab, ctr+k brings your cursor to the search box. you just did everything you wanted without ever needing to move your hands off the keyboard, all in under a second.

    Comment by diamondium — September 23, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  3. I also don’t agree with your correlation to praying and faith and what not.

    Praying is fine, but i learned that doing is better than praying. I can pray all i want, but its the person that goes out and actually does something about the worlds problems (or his own) that deserves to be heard.

    In your case, sure tell google might hear your ‘prayer’ and might act on it. Having faith is great and all, but if why rely on faith when you have the power to do something about it for yourself.

    Firefox (chrome probably too) has implemented extensions and addons for that very reason. Make an addon that does exactly what you want instead of praying that someone will do it for you.

    Comment by diamondium — September 23, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

  4. If you already have your hand on the mouse it’s faster to just middle click a link to open it in a new tab. I am saying that they should extend this to work with search boxes within a website, like if i wanted to search within engadget using their search box and open the results in a tab. In chrome you can use just the keyboard by pressing ctrl+t engadget . Chrome does it by remembering search urls from pages you have searched on and just changing the search term in the url. You can right click on the Omnibox and go to edit search engines to get it to work.

    Making an add-on isn’t worth it, it’s just this one small problem. Even if I did make an add-on no one would go through the trouble of installing it for this one little problem. Firefox showed us that too many extensions slow load time. Extensions are great and do serve a purpose, but I think the best way to solve this problem, not just for me but for everyone, is to tell Google.

    Comment by coretron — September 23, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

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