3 ways to open a link in a new section

A person who visits the Google website through the Chrome web browser
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You have a bunch of open tabs is a trademark of web browsing. If you don’t want to leave the current tab, you can simply open links in new tabs. We will show you how to do it in any desktop browser.

There are usually three ways you can open a link: In the current tab, a new window, or a new tab. Tabs are convenient because you can keep the current page open and stay in the same window.

Note: For this guide we will talk about desktop browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari. Desktop browsers usually have many of the same shortcuts.

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Method 1: Ctrl + click

Ctrl + click.

The first method requires a keyboard and mouse or trackpad. Just hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd on Mac) and then click the link in your browser. The link will open in a new section in the background.

Method 2: Mouse scroll wheel

If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you have one of the easiest ways to open links in new tabs. Just place the cursor on the link and click on the scroll wheel. The link will open in a new section in the background. How cool is that?

Method 3: Right-click on the menu

Choose "Open a link in a new tab."

The latter method is probably the one most people know. but it is not as fast as other methods. When you see the link you want to open in a new tab, right-click it. You can then select “Open link in new tab” from the menu.


Here are the three methods you need to know. The scroll wheel trick is especially life-changing if you didn’t know about it. Tabs are one of the best features of web browsers, so make sure you get the most out of them.

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