Here’s how to solve Chrome on Windows whether it opens new tabs when you click them or does it at apparently random times. When you click a link on a website or a search engine results page, does Chrome start a new tab? If so, Chrome is likely configured to open each new link in a new tab.
If new tabs are launching automatically, your browser or device is probably infected with malware, the page you’re visiting is harmful, your keyboard manager or browser extensions are interfering with the browser’s functionality, or both.
Here are a few workarounds you may attempt if you want to open fresh links in the same tab or stop the browser from launching new tabs automatically.
1. Implement a few quick fixes
The following remedies should be tried first when troubleshooting an issue since they may provide an immediate solution:
- Open Task Manager, choose the Processes tab, locate the Chrome process by performing a right-click, and then select End task. Launch the browser once again after that.
- To stop obsolete cached data from hindering browser functionality, clear the cache and cookies in Chrome.
- By turning off each extension one at a time, you can see whether any are interfering with how your browser operates.
- Install the most recent version of Chrome.
- Apps like Chrome may not operate properly if keyboard and mouse managers are not set up properly. If you also use one, disable or remove it.
2. Make Sure the Shortcut Keys for “Open New Tabs” Aren’t Depressed
The shortcut buttons for launching new tabs are presumably pushed down on your keyboard if Chrome launches with new tabs open instantly and continues to do so until you quit the browser. Using Windows’ on-screen keyboard, you can verify that.
In order to verify whether the shortcut buttons to start a new tab in Chrome (CTRL + T) are hit, just press CTRL + Win + O to bring up the on-screen keyboard. Make sure the keys aren’t stuck if you observe them being pushed. There is probably a hardware problem with the keys if they are in their usual position yet seem pushed on the on-screen keyboard.
If this is the case, disconnect your keyboard or turn it off for a while before having it checked. But if no keys seem to have been depressed, go to the following step.
3. Disable Chrome’s ability to open links in new tabs
A built-in feature of Chrome enables users to open links in new tabs. Without having to switch back and forth, this function enables users to view and browse several links from the search engine results page simultaneously.
You must disable this setting if you don’t want Chrome to open links in the same tab, replacing the current search engine results page. Follow these steps to achieve that:
- Press the Enter key while conducting any search on Chrome.
- Click Quick Settings (tool symbol) in the top-right corner, then select See all Search settings.
- Access the Where results open section and deselect the checkbox next to Each selected result will open in a separate browser tab.
4. Prevent Chrome from Opening New Tabs Upon Browser or PC Startup
You presumably gave Chrome permission to do this if it begins and opens new tabs when your Windows computer starts up. Open Task Manager, choose the Startup programmes tab, find Chrome in the list of programmes, right-click on it, and select Disable to disable this permission.
If new tabs open up at browser startup, you’ve probably configured the browser to open a set of new tabs at its launch or to open the tabs you left open when you last used the browser. Follow these steps to remove these permissions:
- Launch Chrome.
- Select Settings by clicking the top-right corner’s three vertical dots.
- Go to the On startup tab and choose the circle next to it. A new tab page will appear.
5. Check to see whether the website you’re visiting is malicious
When you click on a text, link, or other area on a certain website, Chrome may launch new tabs with undesired websites. If this happens frequently, the website or its content is probably dangerous. That might account for why it sends you to phishing offers and landing pages operated by threat actors.
Learn how to verify if a site is safe to get more information on how to tell whether a website is reliable.
6. Check for malware on your device and browser.
If the Chrome browser becomes infected with malware or viruses, it may also perform improperly or act weirdly. If none of the solutions mentioned above work to remedy the issue, a browser hijacker may have infected your browser.
If the issue still exists after deleting the hijacker, your computer may be infected with malware, which may cause Chrome to automatically access undesirable websites. Run a thorough malware scan with a Microsoft Security scanner to get rid of any potential infestations in order to rule out this option.
7. Reinstall Chrome after a reset.
You should reset your browser if you discover that it is free of infestations and the virus scan finds no malware on your device. When you reset a browser, all of its settings are reset to their default values, allowing you to make sure that incorrectly configured settings aren’t the root of the issue.
Go to Chrome settings, select Reset settings on the left, then click Restore settings to their factory defaults on the right to reset Chrome.
The least ideal option is to completely reinstall the browser if clearing the browser’s settings likewise doesn’t help. Make sure to thoroughly uninstall the previous installation following our guide on removing programmes on Windows before starting the new installation.
preventing Chrome from opening new windows tabs
Our user experience can be hampered by Chrome launching new tabs on demand or by new tabs appearing automatically. Now that you know why Chrome creates new tabs and how to stop it, maybe you have a better understanding of why this happens.
Reinstall Chrome if nothing works and it continues opening new tabs. If reinstallation doesn’t work either, do a virus scan on your computer or try a different browser.
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