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[Solved]Opera opens a new window instead of a new tab when clicking links in other applications

  • When I click a link on a webpage in an opera tab then it either uses the same tab or opens another tab in the same window - good!

    However, for any link that I click in another application (Thunderbird, HipChat, Sublime, etc) Opera always opens a new window to show the page. Instead I'd like to have a single Opera window only and any new tabs being opened in that window always.

    I've not been able to find a setting for this. On my old computer I've been used for this to work as expected.

    I'm running Windows 10, with the latest Opera (38.0.2220.41).


  • To add: This only happens on my office desktop computer. On my office notebook and on my home desktop Opera opens links from external applications in the existing window - as expected...


  • Are the other machines also Windows 10?
    Could you please temporarily back up your profile folder (you can find which one it is by taking a look at opera:about) - renaming the folder will do - and recheck with a clean profile on the problematic machine? Thanks.

  • Yes, all those are Windows 10 machines.
    I just renamed to profile folder (gives me a completely fresh start), but unfortunately the behavior is the same.

  • Hmm, I just completely reinstalled Opera and then it works as expected (opens new links in same window).
    Once I use my old profile folder it opens new windows on external links.
    However, bringing back the blank profile fixes this.
    So I can re-configure my profile and should have a working solution!

  • Unfortunately I was wrong: only the very first time after having a new profile it re-uses the window for new links. After that it still opens new a window for every external link... 😞

  • I don't know how, but the problem went away on its own.
    Maybe it was due to a recent Opera update...