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There are several sites I use (such as Tumblr) that use popups to post content. When they open in a new tab, the layout of these little popups is blown up because they fill an entire page.

I've seen other copies of Safari 4 act as expected, but I can't figure out what setting I'm missing. It acts the same way regardless of the "Block Pop-Up Windows" setting.

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As far as I remember, Safari behaves exactly like you want it to do by default. There is one switch that controls whether or not content is opened in a new tab. Have you tried this:

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool false
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It does sound like the poster has Saft or some other 3rd party plugin that has changed their defaults. – ridogi Nov 11 '09 at 6:49
    
I have no plugins other than 1Password. I think it might have something to do with having run the Safari 4 beta before the full release version came out (the one with the weird top-tabs). – Trey Piepmeier Nov 11 '09 at 23:46
    
That works! Thank you very much. – Trey Piepmeier Nov 11 '09 at 23:48

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