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Why aren't they implemented as popup windows?

 9:43 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)


Is there a good reason why Google (and other major search engines for that matter) do not open a new browser window when a user clicks on a search result listing?

I personally like to check more than one website in the results, so I end up right-clicking and selecting 'Open in New Window' so that I would not have to click on the 'Back' button to return to the Google listings page.




 9:47 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

Visit this page: [google.com...]

Scroll to the bottom and check the box that says, Open search results in a new browser window.

Then click "Save Preferences"


 9:55 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

You can also do this via the Google Toolbar.

I usually right click and open results in a new window, but I don't know how many other searchers do this.


 9:56 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think they make same window the default because it would be the general users preferance. No one likes surfing along and having more windows open than needed.


 10:30 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the quick and useful responses guys. Someone mentioned to me that the reason could be because of those 'popup eliminator' applications that many people install 'for free'. A visitor to my website once complained that he couldn't navigate one of the links which had me confused for a day until he eventually came back and said that he traced the problem to Kazaa.

Could that be a possible factor in search engines being biased towards non-popups?



[Apologies to WindSun for the use of the word 'duped'. I removed it from the above text]

[edited by: joeuz at 10:58 am (utc) on Mar. 7, 2003]


 10:39 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

those 'popup eliminator' applications that many people are duped into installing 'for free'

I was not "duped" into installing it - it was a consious decision.

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