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  • Hi there,

    I found out today that when clicking Go to web address, it opens in the current page you are at! Unfortunately, I was typing an email and I lost everything. It would be great if this option could open in a new tab.

    Cheers guys,


  • Try holding Ctrl.

  • @sgunhouse Yes it works, but I'd like that to happen natively. Thanks anyway, as in other browsers, for instance.

  • Yeah, that's weird that Opera opens it in the same tab. Chrome and Vivaldi open it in a new tab, which makes more sense to me.

    In Firefox when right-clicking on a text link that is/contains a URL, instead of showing a "Go to web address" option, Firefox shows "open link", "open link in new tab", "open link in new window" and "open link in new private window". That's a pretty cool way to do it.

  • @sgunhouse said in Go to web address (new tab):

    Try holding Ctrl.

    at least add middle-click to the option.

  • I agree, it is more useful.

  • Why do you need a "Go to web address" button? Why not just press the Return key on the keyboard?

  • @concretable you totally dont understand what the button does.

    it's for selecting a text that is an address but not a clickable link, by that you can avoid copypasting it into the address bar and it's just faster

    you select the text, right click and say go to address.

  • @jmpellizzer @sgunhouse As does the search button, which opens a new tab.
    I understand since it is a web address, it should behave as a link, but as @burnout426 pointed out, we do not have the same options as for an hyperlinked text.
    So I think it better should be handled as a selection and open a new tab by default, like the search does.

  • @mmichel absolutely yes. What do you guys think, wow can we get attention on this matter? That's an option that I use pretty much everyday, a lot, and it would be amazing to have it, as Opera is my default browser.

  • @burnout426 true that. Firefox has nice options when right-clicking on a text link that is/contains an URL. My hope is that they get this option implemented, which I believe is pretty much simple.

  • What I do in that case is copy the address into the clipboard, then press Cmd-T, then Cmd-V, then Return to get that page to open in a new tab. (It would be Ctrl-T, Ctrl-V for Windows.)

  • @jmpellizzer Showing your support for the feature and giving user cases related to the subject is the best thing to do.

  • @leocg :

    Use case 1 : Pre-scan
    Here there is a procedure, and one is adding the key for the repo. But I want to check what is offered in the repository, so I select, right-click go to web address, and I am on the repo page but I lost my procedure walk-through since it opend on the same page.

    Use case 2: Dead search

    Same applies when a search result is a dead link. I select a part of the displayed URL (on the second line for google, last line for duckduckgo), right-click go to web address, but even if I find something, I lost the google results page...

    Counter Use case 3 : URL in PDF

    If you apply the select to a raw text matching a URL pattern, it opens in a new tab
    If you click on a link, it opens in the same tab, destroying the PDF also...

    Use case 4 : Curiosity

    When browsing to find how to get the Ubuntu version anme below a Mint install, I found (this)[]. Seeing, the BUG REPORT URL, I am curious about it, so I select , right-click, and the target replaces my current search result. (And in this particular case, I would like to have it opened in background, since I most probably come back to it later, when my first problem is solved. But having to go back to my previous page is just a matter of Ctrl-Tab, so not a real issue here).

    Use case 5 : URL in text mail in webmails

    Nextcloud mail app, e.g., does not transform links from raw mails (body link or disclaimer link), so I need to apply the same procedure and lose my webmail window.

    I will add more when I find one, but I think it covers most of my uses
    I hope this will give some weight to the request 🙂

  • @concretable that's what I do as well, but you must agree that is not very handy, is it? hehe 🙂

  • @concretable said in Go to web address (new tab):

    What I do in that case is copy the address into the clipboard, then press Cmd-T, then Cmd-V, then Return to get that page to open in a new tab. (It would be Ctrl-T, Ctrl-V for Windows.)

    I found it faster to use Go to web address, duplicate the tab, and go back to restore previous page. It obvioulsly work on non-submission page, else they will expire.

  • I absolutely agree: I used Chrome & Firefox a bunch of years and I feel like the "new tab opening" while clicking on "Go to this URL" is THE normal behavior of that function. Very strange that Opera didn't implemented that natively.

    @Opera developers: you know what to do on the next update 😉

  • It would be even better (and I believe we can expect that from opera) when selecting an URL, shows that lovely automatic option || search || copy || send to my flow ||. For example, when you select currency, it automatically converts and shows the option to copy it. If it's a web address, but not a link, it could shows an option saying "go to web address", and of course, open a new tab.

  • @jbrandon sorry to tag you on this, but just to understand further how the forum works. How can we get attention on this matter? What best practices?

  • @jmpellizzer You do the request /suggestion or show your support for one already done, that's all.

    And you have to wait at least two months to 'bump' any suggestion /request here in the forums.