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Gnarlodious Level 4 Level 4 (3,220 points)
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Dec 13, 2010 7:55 AM
I always used iCab because it can be set to open new tabs in the background, does Safari have such a setting? Terminal command?

I always end up needing to switch back to the original page while the new page loads, which is a lot of work.

Please don't say to press a keyboard button, I am disabled and don't want the extra work.
2.4 MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,595 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 9:02 AM (in response to Gnarlodious)
    Hi

    there's a setting in Safari-Preferences-Tabs 'when a new tab or window opens, make it active'
    if that's set un-checked - does it behave as you want it to?
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,595 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 9:33 AM (in response to Gnarlodious)
    How are you opening the links in a new tab? - if I either command-click or right-click & choose 'open link in new tab' the new one stays in the background, as you'd expect.

    If you're doing the same, but seeing different results - the com.apple.safari.plist might be to blame - either remove it with safari quit, or test in a new user account.

    Some safari extensions can alter that behaviour, to judge from one or two queries here - again, disable or test with a new user.
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,595 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 10:51 AM (in response to Gnarlodious)
    oh, google

    http://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en has a box for 'Open search results in a new browser window'

    use that in combination with Safari-Preferences-Tabs-Open pages in tabs instead of windows...
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,595 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 5:33 PM (in response to Gnarlodious)
    Umm, I can't reproduce the white page at all, no matter the combination of settings; but I see the google pref overrides the 'make it active' Safari setting, so I'd forget that line of enquiry, after all.
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,595 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 5:56 PM (in response to Gnarlodious)
    The only thing I can find, and you'd likely need to have a play with the javascript inside (certainly to change the v key to a click), is http://bitbucket.org/zakj/greader-bgtabs/downloads
  • Ben2537 Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2012 3:39 AM (in response to Gnarlodious)

    I have found an extension that will meet your needs I think. It's called LinkThing. Download at

    http://canisbos.com/linkthing

    LinkThing is an extension that enhances your control over how links on web pages are opened. If, like me, you obsess over tiny details of your Macintosh browsing experience, you may find LinkThing useful. If not, you’ll probably wonder what’s wrong with me.

    Control positioning of new tabs

    When you ⌘-click a link in Safari to open the link in a new tab, Safari 5.0 puts the new tab at the right end of the tab bar. Safari 5.1, on the other hand, puts it to the right of the current tab, or if you had previously ⌘-clicked another link on the same page, it puts it to the right of that tab.

    If you would rather decide for yourself where new tabs from ⌘-clicked links go, LinkThing is your friend. You can choose to have new tabs from links open:

    • at the end of the tab bar,
    • at the beginning of the tab bar,
    • to the right of the current tab,
    • to the left of the current tab, or
    • wherever Safari wants.

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