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Firefox and Internet Explorer both have "Open in New Tab" as the second option, whereas Chrome has it as the first option.

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This has become muscle memory for me by now, to the point that I don't use as often as I want to, solely because I can't open a page in a new tab without thinking about it.

Is there a way to switch the position of "Open Link in new tab" and "Open link in new window", so that I can resume browsing as normal, or am I cursed by this user interface design nightmare by Google?

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I think you're stuck with the context menu as is, but +1 for an thought provoking question. – ChrisF Feb 19 '10 at 20:38
If you want new tab, just shift+click on the link ;-) Problem solved! – Ivo Flipse Apr 23 '10 at 6:01
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I would think that a simple resource editor could reposition the menu items in the .exe too without recompiling. Try that out.

You could always work around the issue too. In almost every browser, Middle-Mouse-Click'ing a link will open in a new tab. This is true in Opera, Safari, Chrome, I.E., and FireFox at least.

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Thanks for the suggestion of using Middle Mouse Click! That is quicker and works on all, so I can get used to it at least. – Brett Allen Mar 4 '10 at 23:47

Others have had the same question, and the answer seems to currently be no (from the UI at least). Although you may be interested in Chromium seeing as you have programming experience, judging by your profile. This way you can modify the order in the source code and recompile it for yourself! :)

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Minor correction:

  • new tab opens with Alt+click on the link;
  • new window opens with Shift+click on the link;
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