How to Open a Link in a New Tab in Google Chrome

Often when you click a link on a Web page, that link will open in the same tab. That’s fine if you want to read that page instead, but you may wish to continue reading the current page as well.

One way around this is to employ one of two different techniques to open a link in a new tab in Google Chrome.

Our guide below will show you both of these methods so that you can take control over where links that you click open in your Web browser.

How to Open a Link in a New Tab in Chrome – Keyboard Method

  1. Browse to the page containing the link to open.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key (Command on a Mac) on your keyboard.
  3. Click the link.

You should now have the original page open in the current tab, and the clicked link should be open in a new tab.

The other method for opening a link in a new tab is outlined below.

How to Open a Link in a New Tab in Chrome – Right-click Method

  1. Browse to the page with the link that you want to open.
  2. Right-click on the link.
  3. Select the Open link in new tab option.

You will note that there are a few other option on that shortcut menu, including an option to open the link in an Incognito window, or to open it in a new regular window. Experiment with these different options to see which is the way you prefer.

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