7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2014 12:48 AM by jotafromesp
H_Scott Matthews Level 1 Level 1

Havent seen this before,and found no search hits on here.


I have my Safari preferences to "Automatically" open a new tab with a new link open.  When I do this within Safari it works as expected (adds a tab to the right of all open tabs).  I also have the "make a new tab the active window" option checked which works fine.


However when I click on a link in an e-mail (OS X Mail 6.2 (1499)), instead of the usual behavior it overwrites a random tab in safari and makes it active.  Whatever was in that old tab (might be the third tab in an inactive window) is gone.  Only way I can get it back is to reopen windows from last session.


Only change I have made recently is the 2.0 updater for mid-2012 Macbook Pros.


Any ideas?  I have trashed the ~/Library/Preference

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • H_Scott Matthews Level 1 Level 1

    sorry, had problems submitting, tried to copy/paste a draft before I lost it, and it cut off the last few letters.


    Anyway, I had tried to say I delete the safari plist file in the ~/Library/Preferences directory - and it has had no effect.

  • Amy Guskin Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having this same problem. It appears to be a new behavior, and I haven't been able to find a preference for it (neither in Safari nor in Apple Mail). Frustrating!

  • Amy Guskin Level 1 Level 1

    Replying to myself and bumping this up.


    This behavior mysteriously stopped for a few weeks, so I forgot about it. Today, it started again. And it is not consistent: some links that I click in emails open a new window, as they are supposed to, but some links in emails pull up a random Safari window from my dock, and overwrite a random tab. Worse yet, the back button is grayed out, so I cannot even return to the page that was overwritten. So now I have to get back into the habit of reading an email, and if there is a link I want to click, I have to switch over to Safari, create a new window, then go back into mail and click the link. Frustrating!


    Is Apple ever going to address this?

  • MsFjordstone Level 1 Level 1

    And here we are again (still me, just using a different Apple ID today). The behavior mysteriously stopped, so I didn't think about it until today, when I did a software update and got Safari 6.0.4. In Safari Preferences, in the Tabs tab, I have the field "Open pages in tabs instead of windows" set to Never, so that's not it. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • jotafromesp Level 1 Level 1

    Hi! I wonder if you ever found out what was causing the issue. For the last three days it has been happening to me whenever I click a link in Airmail or when I use the app "Popclip" and click the button to, say, google the selection or any other extension. Considering it happens no matter what app you are using, I guess it must be something with Safari, but what??

  • MsFjordstone Level 1 Level 1

    Unfortunately, no. I was just lucky that it went away spontaneously. And now I'm on a new iMac with Mavericks, so it's a whole different ballgame. My husband inherited my previous Mac, but he doesn't use Safari ever, so I guess it will remain a mystery.

  • jotafromesp Level 1 Level 1

    I am having this issue with Mavericks 10.9.2 and I am a heavy user of iCloud tabs, so I guess I'll have to move to Chrome...