Switch to New Tab When Opening Link

Would like it if there was an option to automatically switch to a new tab if I open a link in a new tab.

It’s something I’m used to in Firefox and finding it a little annoying when it doesn’t happen with Brave.


Agreed; you’re not alone.

It seems to me that when one opens a new tab, the focus should shift to that tab. You mention that’s the way Firefox works. Brave (Muon) also offered this as an option. (Choices are great!)

This is a furrow that’s been previously plowed:


Repeating my request: offer this as an option. Choices are great! There’s no one-size-fits-all.

Unfortunately, Brave doesn’t appear to be responsive to this request.

Oh, yes - it would be so nice to have an option in the settings to have each link from the address bar/URL/bookmarks by a single left mouse click.

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Offer the option of immediately shifting focus to a newly opened tab as just that – an option – for those of us who are accustomed to this behavior in other browsers. As noted above, this option was avalable in Brave’s Muon version. Port that code to Brave’s current version.

• No need to write new code.
• No need to test new code.
• No need to debug new code.
• Port the relevant Muon code to Chromium.

Folks who don’t want the option can ignore it. Those of us – accustomed to other browsers – will have the option of consistent behavior across browsers. I’m agnostic about which option should be the default, but offer the choice.

Hi @nicecap and @redbike9,

Thanks for your post, and for the feature request! I’ll be sure and pass this on to the team.

Thanks again!

Hi, folks, is there a way to open links in new tab? (I understand this is being requested as a feature as per the other posts here) but is there something else one can do now to open links and bookmarks in a new tab? Press cntl? something else? an extension? (what is that called?) I am really frustrated that every link or bookmark opens in the same page instead of a new tab, so I am looking for a shortcut other than cutting and pasting into a new tab and then going back to the other page and clicking back to go back to other tab’s content. Thanks!

Hi @dabren - you can right click and select ‘open link in new tab.’

Yes, but even with that, the new tab is not opened as the current one. You then have to go click on the newest tab.
If the only option is to right click the link, it would be nice if that new tab opens also. Isn’t that the whole point of opening in a new tab, that you actually want to view that link?


This is my thinking too. I would love to have this feature in Brave.


Hi there. I see that back in July 2019 you said you would put this in as a feature request. I have to do a lot of searches and when I click on a link, I want a new tab to open with a single click. Yes, I can right click and open in a new tab, but when you have a lot of searches to do and you want to keep the search engine open and you end up on a new site in the same tab sometimes when you forget to right click, blah blah blah. It’s just a feature that should not be that difficult and I see many others (including those who have not asked) would like this feature. If I’m missing it somewhere and it has been done, please let me know. Thanks.


It seems like today’s the day for dormant threads about feature requests to come back to life.

Shifting focus to a new tab when it’s opened should be the default. Indeed, in other browsers (including at least one that’s Chromium-based) opening a new tab shifts focus to the newly-opened tab. Adding insult to injury — rubbing salt in an unhealed wound — Brave included this option in its early Muon version.

As with some other feature requests, there’s an extension that does the job. In this case, one option is Tab Activate

The not-so-good news — resolving this (and other issues) with extensions has potential downsides: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/03/the-case-for-limiting-your-browser-extensions/

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Thanks for the tip.

Hope they’ll fix this properly some day.