How to make Google always open search result links in new tabs

Tweak a setting and Google will open a search result link in a new tab instead of your current tab.

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If you conduct research online, you likely run into the problem of burying search results under a trail of links. It's frustrating to locate later a previous result, clicking backward through various pages to locate it. A better way to search is to open results in new tabs. You can close the tabs that don't amount to much, keeping open the tabs that may aid your research.

Sure, you can right-click on a link from Google's search results page to open it in a new tab, but that quickly grows tiresome. Instead, tell Google to open results in a new tab by default. To do so, you will need to find Google's Search Settings page.

Follow this path to Search Settings:

Once signed into Google, click your mug in the upper right corner and in the resulting pop-up window, click Account.

Scroll to the bottom of the Accounts page and click the "Visit the Search settings page" link.

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(You might not see this Search Settings link at the bottom of the Accounts page. I did with my primary Google account that has Google+ profile, but not on my second, sans-Google+ Google account. For this second account, I could not find a route to the Search Settings page, so I simply did a search on Google for Search settings. The top result was a Google support page, which had a link to Search Settings in its first paragraph. See image below.)

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Scroll down on the Search Settings page until you see the "Where results open" header and then click the box for "Open each selected result in a new browser window." (Never mind that it says new "window." This setting will open results in a new tab.)

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Lastly, don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue Save button.

Now, when you click on a link from a search results page on Google, it will open in a new tab.

(Source: Guiding Tech | Via: LifeHacker)