Let me explain in a step by step fashion:

  1. Open chrome (Left screen), start browsing etc.
  2. Open a new tab in chrome and drag it to my Right screen with, let's say, youtube with some music
  3. Click on a link in an external application (skype, irc, slack, usually a chat app), the link opens on the window on the right screen instead of my main one, the left one

I'm really looking forward a solution, so far I couldn't find anything beside opening first the "media reproduction" tab and second the "main work" tab (which is definitely counter-intuitie).

Are there any solution to this behavior?

  • As far as I know, the link will be opened in the last used chrome window. So after you move the second chrome window on your right screen, switch to the chrome window on the left screen and go back to work. This has nothing to do with chrome, it is the OS and the window Z-order of active apps. – Zina May 10 '16 at 13:13
  • I thught the same, but after a few tries, it still opens only on the second window. Wonder if some app is interfering in some way. – Francesco Belladonna May 10 '16 at 16:39
  • Strange. Maybe you could try to close all chrome windows (check if all processes are gone) and then open two new chrome windows and leave them on the same monitor and see what will happen when you open a link with the first and then the second window selected before you open the link. For me when I open a link it will always open in the last selected. – Zina May 10 '16 at 17:47
  • Mh ok, I will also try to reboot since it's like two weeks since I last shutdown the computer, some app may not be "that used" to stay on – Francesco Belladonna May 10 '16 at 18:01
  • I can confirm @Zina, across one display it works in the way you described, but across two screens, chrome picks only the second window. Basically makes Chrome unusable on two screens at same time, that's so disappointing. – Francesco Belladonna May 11 '16 at 21:02

The same problem happened to me where the link did not open on the last used window.

Solution - Restart the Chrome app and the links should open as expected. This is what worked for me.

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    Not sure why this got down-voted, because it was the only solution that worked for me as well. I actually completely quit both Chrome and my other app to get links working properly again. – Attila Oct 22 '19 at 17:43

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