Clicking on links opens new tabs - How do I turn it off?

Whether in Firefox or IE in Windows 8, whenever I click on any link, the browser opens it up in a new tab. Soon I have a million tabs open for no reason.

It doesn't seem to be browser-specific, since it happens in both browsers, neither of which offers the option to turn it off. So it must be somewhere in Windows.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Thank you!



Windows Forum Admin
Staff member
Premium Supporter
In Internet Explorer 10, simply go to Internet Options (top right hand corner) and click the "Tabs" button. You will see an option to disable tabbed browsing as shown below:


In Firefox, you may need an add-on:

All the best,

Thanks for the quick response, Mike. Thing is, I don't want to disable tabs. I want to use them when I choose to, however, and not every time I click a link.

I would think staying within the tab would be the default, but somehow Windows 8 makes my browsers pop up new tabs (I don't have that issue with Win 7.)

This website is not affiliated, owned, or endorsed by Microsoft Corporation. It is a member of the Microsoft Partner Program.