Howdy @dec. As a user who’s taking a break from official duties to post this, I take your point about the forums distracting users from what they’re supposed to be doing. The following comments apply to many browsers in many operating systems, not just Brave in Windows, and are worth at least trying.
Ctrl-Shift-Clicking (Cmd-Shift-Clicking on Mac) on a link does what you want - opens the link in a new tab with focus in Windows browsers (Brave, Firefox). My memory is this works in Linux, too, but I’ve not used it in a few days.
A couple more mouse tricks:
- Holding Shift while clicking a link will open the link in a new window that gets focus. The single tab in that window can be dragged to the tab bar in the original window if desired.
- Rather than Ctrl-clicking, you should be able to click the scroll wheel (if you have one) to spawn a link in a new tab (probably without focus).
- Right clicking a link presents a contextual menu including several options for handling the link. Sadly, selecting open link in new tab still has the tab behind the originating tab.
Some tab tricks:
- Tabs can be reordered by dragging.
- Dragging a tab out of a window creates a new window with the tab.
- Tabs can be dragged between windows.
- Right-clicking a tab offers options including bookmarking all tabs in a window in a designated folder, including a new one that you can name at the time.
On the mouse button thing, there may be additional options in the settings application for your mouse/pointing device. I believe Logitech offers some, but do not recall if it extends into browser responses to different buttons.
Good luck, and good journey if you leave Brave. At least you can use these tricks in other browsers, especially Chromium-based ones.