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Open new tab in background

  • Using the internet is such an involved activity these days, many times an idea to research or task to follow comes up in the middle of completing a prior activity or in the middle of watching a video. It would be helpful in such cases to be able to open a new tab in the background, with the cursor placed in the address or search bar of the new tab, while the previous tab otherwise dominates the screen. This way new tabs could be opened to specific search terms or addresses without leaving the webpage you are currently viewing. I don't know if it would be best to have it as a special mode of the 'new tab' function, or a default behavior that a small text entry bar appears when you open a new tab and there is some way to select whether that new tab becomes active or stays in the background... This seems like an inevitable feature as people have more and more tasks to complete online, and I like Opera's browser, so I thought I would suggest it here first.

    Best,
    Benjamin

  • If it stays in the background, how do you type into it? A better answer would be to type it into the current page's address bar, but then open it in the background. Some combination of Shift and/or Ctrl with the Enter key might already do that (not certain).

  • It could work this way. When you alt + space (by default) to show the instant search and type your search term and press ENTER, instead of showing the search results in the overlay were you have to then click the button at the top right to move it to a tab, it could automatically open in a background tab. This would be an option where you could configure background or foreground for the behavior.

    A first step to this might be to have ctrl + click or shift + click or ctrl + shift + click or middle-click on the button at the top right of the instant search results move it to a background tab instead of a foreground one.

    @sgunhouse said in Open new tab in background:

    A better answer would be to type it into the current page's address bar, but then open it in the background. Some combination of Shift and/or Ctrl with the Enter key might already do that (not certain).

    It seems to be alt + enter for foreground and alt + shift + enter for background. Shift/Ctrl ones seem to open new windows.