When using native or web apps in Chrome it is quite distracting when new tabs are opened in the same window. Is there a way to disallow new tabs in a specific window, and force all new tabs to be opened in a specific window? To be clear, opening all tabs in new windows, which some extensions do, is not a good solution.

Ideal scenario:
1. Open web app in new Chrome window
2. Turn on "block new tabs in this window"
3. When clicking ctrl+T a tab opens in another Chrome window if possible, or a new window if only the "blocker" window is already open.

If there are other browsers who supports this feature, please let me know.

I forgot to mention I am using a Mac. Due to this the accepted solution did not solve my issue all the way, but it got me looking in the right direction. The solution is to use a service called Applicationize as described in https://eladnava.com/create-application-shortcuts-on-mac-with-applicationize/

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You can create application shortcuts that provide a similar behavior:

  1. Open your web app.
  2. On the main Chrome menu click More Tools and then Add to Desktop.
  3. Check the `Open as window' checkbox.

You'll get a shortcut on your desktop that will open in its own window. If you click or CTRL+click links in this window, they will open as tabs in another Chrome window, or in an existing one if there is already a window open.

  • I forgot to mention I am mainly using Chrome on a Mac, and the "Add to Desktop" option is not available there. However, you did bring me in the right direction, and the recipe at eladnava.com/… pretty much does what you describe. I will accept this answer.
    – Gisle
    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:16

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