Monday, September 25, 2006

Poll: Does making links open in new windows piss you off?

Hi,

I came across this article Blog design tips - more questions and answers which says that forcing links to open in new windows is bad design, piss your readers off, eats up the computer resources of the readers and discourage readers from returning to the blog.

I make most of the links in my blog open up in a new window, and am wondering if this is doing me a disservice. I have always thought that that is a good idea to keep readers on my page, as each time they click on a link and a new window open, they can always return to the blog by closing that window rather than using the back button. However, I would like to know what the readers think. So if you have an opinion, it will be greatly appreciated if you will leave your views in the comments section. Thanks.

Note: A commentor asked: "How to make links open in new windows?" For the answer, look at post How to make links open in new windows (click "BACK" button to get back to this page).

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79 comments:

  1. No it doesn't bother me. The Firefox tabs keep accumulating across the top, but later, when I clean up, I often find a page I'd meant to look at closer. It's a good thing.

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  2. Anonymous9/25/2006

    I like it. Then I don't lose the page I was coming form if I forget to right click.

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  3. Anonymous9/25/2006

    I usually make the links on my page open a new browser. I get annoyed when peoples links don't open a new browser actually!

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  4. I usually use Firefox's tabs too, because I don't want links opening up in the same window. It's easier to keep track of things I'm interested in if they are in separate tabs (or windows.), especially if I'm comparing content of said links. What really bugs me is having to click the back button a bunch of times to try and find something I wanted to look at again.

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  5. I'd love to be able to have my links open into new windows. Chocolate & Zucchini.com has that set up. I think it's a drag to have to keep backspacing. I keep the shift bar down on any link I want to check out for convenience.
    It would be nice to know how to do this.

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  6. Anonymous9/26/2006

    Hey where is the "Expand Widget Template" Box. I can't see it.

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  7. Anonymous9/26/2006

    It doesn't bug me.
    I just right click the link and choose "Open in new Tab"

    I now have links open in new windows on my blog as well.
    (www.Cooterpunch.com)

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  8. I actually prefer if it links open in new windows, for the reasons you gave, it means I can keep the current window open and not lose where I've been.

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  9. You have to be referring to Blogger Beta template editor. The "expand widget template, is just at the top right hand corner of the post editor.

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  10. Anonymous9/26/2006

    Love new windows opening. Then I can just X them away and still have the original window open.

    HATE X-ing what I thought was a new window and having the original disappear. Hate, hate, hate it.

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  11. Anonymous9/26/2006

    Interesting. It seems that I've been voted down. I must say that I agree tabbed browsers make the matter less of an issue. However, I would rather leave it up to the user to decide if they want to open it in another window, rather than impose the decision on them.

    Cheers!

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  12. i use to have links open in a new window before but i stoped using using target="_blank" due to the reason that many CSS ppl saying it irritates the user. i have written a post about this some time back. anyway its nice to see you bring back this topic.

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  13. Well, that makes it 8 (including me) for against 1 (against). Let's have more comments.

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  14. I'd like to know how I can make links open in new windows. I use plain vanilla Blogger.

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  15. I like opening them in a new window (done all my links like that as well). Justification is as mentioned above. Often one wants to peek at a new link and return to the original. I really hate it when clicking on x all goes blank. I'm an IE user, for us it's perhaps even more useful.

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  16. Count me in with those who prefer the links to open in a new window. Much like a footnote, I want to be able to refer to it later, but not interupt the content I am currently reading.

    On my own blogs I have been ignoring the 'rule' against new windows for a long time. After all, anyone using a blog aggregator will see a new window everytime, clearly the expectations have changed.

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  17. Count me in with those who prefer the links to open in a new window. Much like a footnote, I want to be able to refer to it later, but not interupt the content I am currently reading.

    On my own blogs I have been ignoring the 'rule' against new windows for a long time. After all, anyone using a blog aggregator will see a new window everytime, clearly the expectations have changed.

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  18. Since you sent me 3 poll requests I'll say again YES YES YES please tell those of us HTML illiterate how to do it. I love links and want to keep my readers on board.

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  19. No ,but what are the cache and cpu resource issues? Isn't that the real question? Running one or two tera vs. 10/20 gig?

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  20. NO..
    however,
    for readers of our websites we must understand that 82% of them or so are using IE, and probably most of them have NO idea how to open in new window.

    therefore...
    i make links open in a new window if that link will have them leave my site, it is insane for you to do otherwise.

    if thelink is within my site, then i don't do a new window.

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  21. Personally Peter I like it also so yep you are voted down lol.
    I have your site on my blog and I found it much easier in fact, I never used the link on the e-mail you sent either having been on my blog at the time it came in

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  22. Having links pop up in a new window isn't really a problem for me, as I use Firefox. It does, however, piss me off when they're forced by javascript to open in a new window. Otherwise, I just use ctrl+click to open in a new Firefox tab.

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  23. I prefer to have a new link open cause sometimes I forget I hadn't maybe bookmarked the site I opened from originally and then, if I close out and accidently close the original site, it can be a hassle to relocate that one again.

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  24. Anonymous9/27/2006

    i prefer the new window actually...its easier and tidier.

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  25. I agree with Chodite, it doesn't bug me. I also just right click the link and choose "Open in new Tab".

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  26. It used to be annoying before FF, opera and others allowed tabbed browsing.

    Now its useful

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  27. Anonymous9/27/2006

    Nah, Peter, it doesn't piss me off at all, especially since I started using Firefox. Is there an echo in here?

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  28. I think that it stinks. One of the reasons that I run Mozilla instead of IE is just that - with IE, you have windows opening all over the place, and they get out of control very quickly.

    So, I almost always open whatever in a new tab, and then delete the tab when done.

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  29. Doesn't bother me at all. I have my links open in new windows on my blog; I didn't know that I might be pissing people off!

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  30. Thanks Peter for all your wonderful help. Your the best! In response to the link question, It doesn't bother me one bit.

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  31. Making link opten in the new window is good. However, to some internet users, the new windows (target _bank) may bother them, so most of them have enabled the pop-up blocker on their IE or firefox. If so, this may cause you and me, the blog makers, some obstacle.

    This is also the reason why I have not made the links in my blog (http://ezones.blogspot.com) open in the new windows. However, somes, I have to have alternative option for the surfer.

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  32. No, I like opening links in new tabs.

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  33. Peter,

    Since I use Netscape (like Firefox), I can open tabs -- which I like better than opening new windows. So, I guess I'm for opening in a new tab, while keeping the original in an older tab.

    Irv Arons

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  34. New windows. I don't want to lose out on what I was reading originally. So, it continues to be there while I open new content in new windows. Simple.

    But closing all of them one after the other is quite a big pain I must admit!

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  35. I think you're asking the wrong question, or rather that your question needs to be aimed at ie6 users - anyone who uses Firefox probably has it configured to open new tabs rather than new instances of the browser, which is hardly annoying. (See previous comments.) It's the poor saps who are still suffering with tabless browsing who really are affected by what might be the annoyance of another actual window opening. Personally it used to drive me crazy, but with Firefox I now find it really annoying when a link DOESN'T open in a new tab. I always end up mistakenly closing the tab after I've read whatever was at the link, thinking it was a new one, and then I have to 'undo close tab' to get back to where I was. Ask.com does this and it drives me batty.

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  36. I do not consider opening in new tabs as a nuisance and is definitely not a bad design. But opening in a new window is not a wise idea. I used FireFox 99% and IE7 1%, and have set the option "Do not bring new tabs to the front", and so that links open up in a new tab behind, not disturbing my concentration on the page i am browsing. So i vote for the design that opens up the links in new tabs.

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  37. Posting on behalf of Robert Suker who has a Blogger Beta account and can't post on a Blogger classic blog:

    Hello Peter.
    Thanks for this opportunity to vote. I have Beta Blogger - and can't post a comment on your 'Classic' Blog. It won't recognise my sign-on as a member of Blogger. So, here it is. Maybe you could 'Cut and Paste'? By the way, I love your Blogs.

    If you were a politician, with these votes 'for', you'd be a 'shoe-in' at the election, Peter. I have to say that I am in favour, too. There's nothing hard about "X-ing", as one commenter calls it, and I don't believe it does any damage, per se.
    At least, you've proved that "Comments" is working - for some Bloggers!
    Roberto

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  38. Anonymous9/27/2006

    new windows annoy me and it still annoys me if im using IE but ever since firefox, i just tab it which has made life so much easier.

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  39. I much prefer a new window. I always seem to accidentally close the site I was originally looking at which is SO annoying. Thanks for your help Peter!

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  40. I make links open in my same window, when inside a post, and only my blogroll opens in new windows. This is because I trust my readers to do as I do, thisis, shift+click if you want a new window, just click if you want to refer to what I'm talking about and then come back to me ;-)

    I don't have that many readers, so it's no big decision. I have about 20 regulars, plus the odd passer-bys, so I quite know them well by their own blogs too.

    In any case, as a reader I don't mind that much, I sometimes may close instead of going back but that's no huge problem either, and I don't want too many windows open at a time, as I do tend to multi-task anyway and usually have my Outlook, a couple of Word or PDF files, maybe an Excel, and whatever I'm surfing_for_comfort at the moment, usually during long phonecalls or so. If whatever I'm reading has a link, I can only Really Read one thing at a time!

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  41. I do not want to leave the page I'm looking at. And I like to open the link in a new page. No other reason, just more choice! That's also the aim to have multiple-tab browser I think.

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  42. I use Firefox tabbed browsing, so it overrides whatever the web page wants to do. By Middle-clicking on a link, it appears in a new tab (even if it was supposed to open in a new Window).
    - If the link goes off to a new site, I'd say it's acceptable to open a new Window.
    - If the link is within the same site, then it would be prefereable not to open a new window.

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  43. Actually when links DON'T open in a new window it annoys me. I use Firefox and often use multiple pages at the same time, in tabs and in separate browser screens. If a link doesn't open in a new screen I sometimes forget how to get back to the page I was on.

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  44. I prefer links to open in a new window. The only negative to it (to my mind) has been mentioned. That being, accidentally closing your main window. Still, I think when that happens to you once or twice you're a little more careful in closing the windows.
    Honestly, neither way "pisses me off", but if I had to state a preference, it'd be the new window.

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  45. For my educational website, I choose whether the user will want to return to that page or not to help me decide to go with a new window or not.

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  46. Yesssss!!
    Wishing my Firefox worked like kj's but it doesn't with blogger, only other websited?? Weird.

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  47. New Windows are a pain. New tabs are great. So, with tabbing I agree, it's ok. With new windows, nope, no way.

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  48. I prefer a new page. I, too, find it easier to return to where I started. I mostly use Safari (which no one has mentioned) and I can't possibly understand the big deal of a new page opening. When I'm done reading, I just close it.

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  49. I prefer a new page. I, too, find it easier to return to where I started. I mostly use Safari (which no one has mentioned) and I can't possibly understand the big deal of a new page opening. When I'm done reading, I just close it.

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  50. Anonymous9/28/2006

    Hi Peter, Interesting...I'd never really thought about it actually - so after reading your e-mail, I checked were my links opened - turns out, they open in the same window, so people have to click back to return to my blog - Now I think about it I actually prefer, new window or even better new tab. I'll have to look into how to change the settings on my blog so this happens... any idea where?

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  51. I don't like sites that force new windows on me. Generally, I middle-click any links I come across while reading a blog so they open up in a background tab. This works in Firefox and IE7. This way, I don't lose focus of what I'm reading, and once I'm done, all the other links are already waiting for me.

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  52. Anonymous9/28/2006

    Yes, yes, yes specially with beta extensions with leaks that make new windows very slow.

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  53. I prefer new windows, ESPECIALLY if the link is in the middle of the post.

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  54. Dunno...why is it a problem? I had problems when I tried to switch to Firefox so I'm back to IE - that oughta make all you geeks shriek...call me a Luddite...

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  55. Another commentor has asked about how to make links open in new windows, and since that question cannot be answered in the comments section, I have published a post. Look at How to make links open in new windows

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  56. I really like them to open in a new window, so people have the chance to see my blog again. Unfortunately adsense doesn't allow you to do so :(

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  57. Vote for new window for the reasons mentioned by others.

    One other reason is that I dont want my blog counter to articifically inflate when my readers click back to my blog (because they have not finished reading).

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  58. Thanks for a great survey question! Here's a vote for making links open in a new window.

    My blog readers are all over the map--literally and in the sense that they use all kinds of browsers and have vastly different levels of Net savvy. Overall feedback is, they like it! (www.walktopia.blogspot.com)

    For me (on Safari and Firefox), it's a handy way to never 'lose your way' in a surfing session.

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  59. I almost ALWAYS open (and prefer links to open) in a new window. I feel it creates an easier path for browsing.

    A very limited selection of times (mostly when using MapThis extension of Firefox)I prefer the map to open in a new tab, to keep my page (back page) available to the original site page.

    How much MORE frustrating is it to browse several sites and many pages to realize, you have to sift through your History pages to find a site you wish to revisit? Cheers.

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  60. Another I like it. I always open them in a new window so that I don't lose the original page. I only get annoyed when adverts pop up in new windows not things I've intentionally visited.

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  61. I like it, too. For the reasons already mentioned; whether I'm in a tabbed browser like Firefox or still in the old IE6.

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  62. Is it possible to switch over from beta.blogger to blogger?
    http://blogrns.blogspot.com

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  63. This comment has ended up in the wrong post, but I will respond anyway. It is possible to revert back to Blogger classic in a limited way.
    (cannot log into beta.blogger.com now so I can comment only from memory).

    Sign into Dashboard, click Laylot, click Template, then at the bottom of the page, click Revert to classic template. You will then get you previous classic template back, but you will not have available the new Beta features like labels, etc.
    You will still have to use your new user name to log in tho' I guess, but I have no experience as I have not migrated but only started a fresh new Beta blog.

    Peter
    Testing Blogger Beta

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  64. Well, Peter, I'm finally changing over to the new tab/window system, at least for a while.

    After seeing the results here, I shall try and find out if my readers also tend to open in new tabs, specially in posts with loads of links -a specific cathegory in my Spanish blog ;-)

    In any case, I can always go back to normal o_Ô

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  65. Anonymous10/08/2006

    hi there. i am the orginal person who brought up this question about opening new tabs/windows to "instabloke". i am glad to see that it generated so many responses and that i am not alone in feeling that it is ok to do so through my links.

    i originally asked this question to Instabloke [website is now defunct unfortunately yet u can still access the original post] and got a reply at which i was surprised.

    the genesis for my question was when i changed over to the beta version of blogger and had no clue how to encode the new "tab open" command with the widgets. i wrote to BlogBloke and he answered with his response about it tending to "piss people off" which really surprised me. [i honestly still don't see the big issue.]

    i would much rather my links open in a new tab and not have to backtrack or possibly be trapped in some horrible website which you can't get out of easily or lose my original page.

    in any case, i am glad you brought this up and i found your site. i guess i can reconfigure my tabs now!

    thanx. great blog btw. i appreciate your work.

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  66. Anonymous10/17/2006

    I prefer links to open in a new window so I don't lose my place. If a link doesn't open a new window, I right-click it and do it myself.

    The only reason I don't have my links open in new windows is because I currently don't know how.

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  67. This post will show how to make links open in new windows:
    How to make links open in new windows

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  68. I like to have my links open in new windows - it helps so i don't lose my place!

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  69. I get more annoyed at the links not opening in a new tab. If someone was annoyed at opening new windows they'd have to be on an old version of IE or some other non-tabbed browser.

    really, there should be a choice, simple preference option to open links in a new window, tab, or same window. That solves all issues of this poll.

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  70. I agree with the writer of the post. I HATE when a new tab/window is imposed on me. Opening new tabs leads to greater use of memory, and my PC is really old.

    Besides, I do use a lot of tabs already. Whenever I want to open a link in a new tab to read later, I simply click on it with the middle button of the mouse instead of the left one. That is and should remain to be the standard. If I choose to left click on a link, then it's because I've decided to go away from that page and go to another.

    If someone does prefer a different behaviour in their browser, they can easily configure it.

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  71. Hi! I hope you still read this comment, even the post is 3 years old... I also want links to open in a new window, and I learnt the trick to use in the posts. But how can I do the same for my sidebar links? The gadget does not offer "edit html"
    Thanks!!!
    KAti

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  72. Sorry, I just figured, that if I add a Link list gadget, I don not see edit html, but if I make my list in a text gadget, it offers html editing. Is this the only way?

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  73. I hardly use the text gadget but if as you say it offers HTML editing, then I figure that would also do the trick. I will test that when I have the time.

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  74. Thank you very much!

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  75. Tab Browsing for me every time
    I use fire fox and if i close it with multiple tabs open then it remembers the tabs and reopens them all when i next run it!
    Great for reading that site i got
    distracted from. lol

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  76. Me too i prefer the new window option, so i can still keep my visitors.

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