Brave is inconsistent as to whether it opens a new tab or a new window

Description of the issue:
When opening external links, brave is inconsistent as to whether it opens a new window or a new tab. There is a specific setting for this in safari and chrome but not in brave.
I use alfred to search google and I want brave to open my search in a new tab and not a new window.

How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Open brave window in full screen mode (in it’s own desktop)
  2. Try and search google with alfred or open any external link from a different app (e.g Mail)

Expected result:
Link opens in a new tab

What actually happens:
Link sometimes opens in a new tab and sometimes opens in a new window

Brave Version( check About Brave):

Additional Information:

  • running MacOS Catalina 10.15.6
  • brave is my default web browser


I am also using Brave installed on macos Catalina and was annoyed by this behaviour.

Try using an Chrome Store Extension to fix this, here a few to try:

Open link in same tab, pop-up as tab [Free]

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Using those extensions have fixed this issue for me, If they are not to your liking there are even more Chrome Extensions that can help, so do more searching and I’m sure you will find that suits your requirements.

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