While visiting a website, I notice this behavior on my PC. I have set up a simple example to illustrate.
Let's say I have a webpage which has two links. The first is a link to a document on a website. The other is a link to a document on a file share. When I click the first link, the document on the website is opened in a new Internet Explorer window. When I click the second link, the document on the file share is opened in a new tab. Both have a target attribute set to blank.
Here is a basic sample of the HTML.
<html> <body> <a href="http://myWebsite/documents/someDocument.pdf" target="_blank">Link 1</a><br> <a href="file://myServer/folder/someOtherDocument.pdf" target="_blank">Link 2</a> </body> </html>
I want the document on Link 1 to open in a new tab as it does for Link 2. I have done some homework and I know this involves the Tabbed Browsing Settings in IE on my machine. As you can see below, I have it set to Always open pop-ups in a new tab.
Thus, why is the document on the website not automatically opening in a new tab? I know I may right-click and select Open in new tab or click the middle mouse button/scroll wheel, but I would like to know why the tabbed browsing setting is not working. For the record, I am using Internet Explorer 9.