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Is there a way to set Google Chrome so that it opens pop-ups in tabs instead of opening new windows?

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This bug is exactly what the OP is asking for; go star it! https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=10511 –  Matt Lachman Jun 22 '11 at 19:54

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There is a 3 step workaround you can do this by

  • You should know when the popup will be opened. Popups are blocked in chrome by default. But chrome will show a popup blocked notification in bottom right corner.
  • click on notification to select always accept popup from this specific site
  • Reload the main (parent) page. This will load the popup in small windows. Right click in titlebar of popup window and select "Show As Tab". Once popup is transformed in a window with tab, you can drag it back to main window.

Hope this helps.


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This works, but it's a fiddle. I need to do this operation several times a day. It's shame it can't be more automated. –  oldmankit Nov 14 '13 at 9:59

There is the chrome extension One Window.

It is not perfect, as the popup will first be opened and then "transformed" into a tab, which you will see as a flicker. Otherwise it seems to work fine.

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Unfortunately, I may not always want just one window. There are times where I want to open a new window and have any popups generated from tabs in that window to join to that window. –  Matt Lachman Jun 16 '11 at 13:52

I'm not sure about a setting that will make pop-ups open in tabs but you can Right-Click the top bar of the window (with the page title), select "Show As Tab" and then drag it to your main window.

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As of current chrome no there is not. When addons are more prevalent I can't see this as being hard to code in. I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't one already if you run chrome with the --enable-extensions flag if you have the latest dev version of chrome and can find an addon|extensions that does this.

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I think the latest beta builds have extensions enabled by default. I removed the --enable-extensions bit and they still work. –  Noam Gal Oct 20 '09 at 8:49

Just go ahead and open it in the new window then click on the tab/web site label of that window and drag to the window already opened. That will integrate the other window as a tab in the original browser window.

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Not possible to drag a popup into an existing window. –  A-B-B Apr 16 '14 at 4:07

As I post this, I've found the aforementioned One Window extension to be the only real solution. Apparently there is some difficulty in writing an extension that cleanly solves this problem due to JavaScript security in Chrome.

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