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Links Should Not Open New Windows

By , Monday, June 1st, 2015

“Opening up new browser windows is like a vacuum cleaner sales person who starts a visit by emptying an ash tray on the customer’s carpet. Don’t pollute my screen with any more windows, thanks (particularly since current operating systems have miserable window management).”

Jakob Nielsen

http://www.nngroup.com/articles/top-10-mistakes-web-design/

I have to say, I completely agree with Jakob on this one: Opening external links in a new window is a terrible idea. It’s inconsiderate to users and makes assumptions about behavior I do not believe to be true.

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Filed Under: Usability, User Experience