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Often when working my way through a question or answer there are several links in the middle of the text for references. It would be nice if I could click on that and not lose my place on the page I was reading but rather have the link open up in a new window. Is this something that can be easily configured on SE?

Edit: For people with poor internet connections this is a nice feature because I often have to abandon a page because it takes too long to load and if I accidentally just close it I have to start all over again. I had no idea it was unpopular because it is a common feature on almost every forum or other site I use.

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    $\begingroup$ It's rather annoying to have open in new tab as the default behavior for links. I personally use middle-click (click the scroll wheel) or Ctrl-click for this and it's pretty convenient. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Sep 20 '13 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ This has, thankfully, been turned down every time it has been brought up on the mother meta. (Actually the first time was during the UserVoice era before meta.) I should never have to look at the destination of a link to see how it will behave. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Sep 20 '13 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ Links related to my claim above: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2275/… (first case on meta) and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/168063/… (asking for it to be user configurable). $\endgroup$ – dmckee Sep 21 '13 at 2:17
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, yes. There is (or at least was) a userscript which implements this misfeature for anyone who really wants it. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Sep 21 '13 at 2:22
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Right now, you have the choice of opening in the current tab or a new one (e.g. middle click, ctrl click). Your idea would only permit the latter.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand exactly what you mean, but then again I don't have a middle button either. Ctrl+leftclick works great for me though, thanks. $\endgroup$ – user6972 Sep 21 '13 at 3:26
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No, SE doesn't have a setting to allow this. I recommend holding down Ctrl (on a non-Mac) or Command (on a Mac) while clicking a link to get it to open in a new tab. Alternatively, you could check and see if your browser has a setting to do this by default, or if there is an extension/addon that will let you configure it.

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