Beware of Opening Links in a New Window

Jakob Nielsen has likened the practice of opening links in a new window to a vacuum cleaner sales person who starts a visit by emptying an ash tray on the customer's carpet. Now, I wouldn't say that it's quite as bad as that, but it can be pretty annoying to click a link and suddenly have a new window appear out of nowhere.

Unfortunately, opening links in a new window is still quite a common occurrence on the Web. Many sites do so now, and I'm sure many will continue to do so. Before you follow their lead, take a few moments to think long and hard about whether it's the right thing to do.

Why not Open Links in a New Window?

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should beware of opening links in a new window: