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I have an intranet page with two links that have a target="_blank" option. One of the opens in a new window, the other in a new tab. Why is there a difference? What can I do to open both links in a new tab?

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Check this SO answer, it could help you – Dilip Rajkumar Aug 13 '14 at 9:05

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It depends on browser implementation. target="_blank" does not specify whether the link open in new tab or new window.

To always open in new tab:

Right click on the link, Open In New Tab


Middle-click on the link


Press Alt key, Tools, Internet Options, General. Click on the "Settings" button in "Tabs" section.

Choose those options:

When a pop-up is encountered: Always open pop-ups in a new tab.

Open links from other programs in: A new tab in the current window.

Ref: Limit IE8 to a single window (always use tabs)

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That's what I already know. But is there a option to tell IE to not open a new window but a new tab? – jlai79 Oct 17 '13 at 9:18
Does last method works? – Ivan Chau Oct 17 '13 at 9:27
No, it doesn't. But I found out it has something to do with in what zone (local intranet, trusted sites) the target is. I'm further investigating this issue – jlai79 Oct 20 '13 at 12:16

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