How to Stop Bing from Opening Search Results Links in a New Tab

by Radu

After removing my 3rd party antivirus, I started using Edge as my main browser because Windows Defender takes care of its security; or at least some of it.

Bing is the default search engine when using the Edge browser. I didn’t even notice that I’m not using Google until I realized that there’s a lot less bloat in my search results. I don’t have a screen full of ads, followed by sliders, carousels, and whatnot.

So, I kept using Bing as my main search engine.

But one thing is kind of annoying for me. By default, Bing opens the links from search results in a new tab. I don’t like that, even if I open them myself like that most of the time. 😃

If that annoys you, too, then you’ll be glad to know that you can easily stop that default behavior.

Stop Bing from Opening Links from Search Results in a New Tab

Here’s what you need to do. Quick and easy!

Step 1

Go to Bing.com or any search results page.

There, click on the hamburger menu, in the top-right corner, next to the avatar. After that, click on the Settings drop-down menu and select More.

Step 2

In the Search section, under Results, uncheck the box for Open links from search results in a new tab or window.

This will stop Bing from opening links from search results in a new tab. You can do the same for the news results.

Step 3

Don’t forget to click the Save button on the banner that will show up at the bottom. It’s kind of easy to miss.

That’s a Wrap

I hope that you found this tutorial useful.

If some info is outdated or incorrect, or you have anything to add, say or ask, please contact me via Twitter or email.

About Radu

I've been working online, from home, for over 9 years. I learned a lot of different stuff related to websites. My main expertise is WordPress, but for some time, I started focusing more on web development.