Windows decided to update a few hours ago, and since then Chrome has been treating links clicked with middle-click or ctrl+click or ctrl+shift+click (which should just open the link in a new tab) have all been registering as pop-ups by chrome's pop-up blocker.
I'm reluctant to just allow pop-ups globally in order to get middle-clicks to work, so is there some way I can fix this?
I've tried restarting chrome, I've tried restarting my computer. Middle-clicks are working fine on another browser.
Running Windows 10 Home, Google Chrome Version 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Edit: This seems to be caused by a chrome update interacting weirdly with an extension. For me and most people reporting the same issue, the extension in question is Ghostery, but others have reported it being a few other extensions.
If you have Ghostery, try disabling or uninstalling that. If not, try disabling some or all of your other extensions to narrow down which extension is causing the issue.
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same here on windows 7
Same, this is incredibly frustrating right now.
On a different note, but “breaking” around the same time as this pop-up issue, I cannot full screen video from Twitch, ~~however Youtube’s full screen is fine~~. Youtube no longer goes full screen for me.
Win 7, Chrome Version 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Same here and I thought it was just my chrome. Glad I read this post because I was all ready to reset to the original default.
Please send feedback (there is an option in the main menu). Someone will triage and assign to the correct team if this is a bug caused by the update.
Same issue, Win10.
Restarted everything, issue unsolved.
Also, double click doesn’t make YouTube videos fullscreen.
I have this issue as well.
This is downright infuriating. I’m seriously considering switching browsers because of it. Easily my #1 most used action, and now it doesn’t work.
Cant fullscreen on youtube, but I can if Im using incognito. Without incognito, im getting this fullscreen error from f12: https://imgur.com/iD0BZDl
Pressing ‘f’ on keyboard does make it go fullscreen
Been having the same issue here too! Windows 10, and the most updated version of Chrome (not on my computer right now so can’t get the numbers).
What’s weird is that middle-click and ctrl-click both work on certain parts of some sites (DeviantArt notifications, for example, and the Facebook side bar), just not most things.
With the little-to-none knowledge I have regarding this stuff I figure that it’s probably an unintentional side effect to a hotfix? It wasn’t doing this earlier today, just this evening.
Anyways, thanks for reassuring me that I’m not completely crazy on this one.
So can we expect this to be fixed at all?
Same problem here, Win10, issue started today.
Reporting in with another case of this. I’m using Windows 7, with chrome Version 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build) (64-bit).
Is this caused by an update to Chrome or to Windows? Regardless, this was a…shortsighted… change at best, and should be reverted immediatly
Yeah, I noticed that earlier this week, … sucks. Middle click is the most important click!
Hell, even CLICKING links stopped working for me. What the FUCK, google.
Appears to be related to having Ghostery installed.
I temporarily disabled Ghostery and it does seem to fix the issue. Hopefully either Chrome or/and Ghostery will be fixed soon.
I am using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98. I have not updated Windows today, and I am not running Ghostery, but as of today, Chrome’s popup blocker is now treating ctrl + click as a pop-up to be blocked instead of opening the link in a new tab.
I’ll probably just switch back to Firefox.
Seems to be a Ghostery issue. I disabled Ghostery and middle clicking to open links now work fine. I currently have Ghostery v8.2.6 and Chrome 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build) (64-bit).
FWIW, the same problem started today for me and I am not using Ghostery. I do have ublock origin, but behavior is the same when plugin is disabled. It’s pretty clear the new tab is being blocked by the Chrome popup blocker and not the extension because of where the popup blocked notification shows in the address bar. Other browsers seem fine but I prefer Chrome, hope they fix it soon. Win 10, Chrome Version 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build)
Same. This sucks so incredibly bad. I can’t use the trade feature on Path of Exile because it just doesn’t copy to clipboard what it needs to, its being prevented, as well as go full screen on just about ***every*** video site other then Youtube.
Running Win 10 1809. Thing is the 1809 was installed on 10/03/2018, while the patch for it came a day or 2 ago and its been screwed up since then. Chrome version 71.0.3578.98
The thing that you have to click to view how websites handle your cookies and any tracking data when you land on a new website also counts as a popup and is blocked. Too frustrated and pissed off for words…..
Edit: I had a little poke around but could this be part of the reason why they now block all ups.
Got the exact same issue. Also videos can’t be double clicked to full screen not even clicking the full screen icon will work. On youtube pressing F key works. For some other videos F11 is there to help. But this middle-click bug is just too much to handle. I click more with middle button than left when I’m browsing.
Same here, it’s really annoying.
Same here. Disabled Ghostery and it fixed but don’t really want to disable it…
Linux user here who found this thread via googling for my initial symptom, which was that the center mouse button no longer opened links in a new tab.
Everything was fine this morning until I restarted Chrome, then it no longer worked. Reading through here led me to check YouTube, which also wouldn’t let me fullscreen videos.
Both things worked in incognito mode, and when I disabled Ghostery.
This is a Ghostery issue. You must disable the extension completely for it to be resolved. I’m reporting it on their GitHub.
Same here, middle mouse buttons works after fresh-start of chrome for a couple of seconds, and then stops while showing up “pop up blocked” message in the top right hand corner (within the url bar).
And a user here made me check for full screen in youtube and it doesnt work either.
Chrome update, not windows update. Chrome is treating shift click and control click in windows as a pop up. It is using the general pop up exceptions list to determine if it’s allowed. Pretty darn annoying, you have to right click then select new window or new tab rather then being about to use the middle click or keyboard short cut.
Revised, I can use shift click and control click and middle click on reddit, and reddit isn’t on my allow list. This appears to be some sort of other list that google is checking to see if the site should be allowed. If they are determining what browsers functions work for sites, and they control that list……that is creepy.
Having same issue on Ubuntu 18.
Same here – Windows 10 and using Ghostery. Does work when its off but I don’t like ads that much.
For me it was the DuckDuckGo extension. Disabled it and everything works now.
I also experienced this issue with ghostery. Found this workaround, limited to people using a trackpad plus the app BetterTouchTool on Mac. If you create a trackpad gesture in BetterTouchTool (e.g. three-finger click) and map it to CMD+Click, then you can use a three finger click to open in new tab. Not sure why this does not trigger the popup blocker.
Can confirm, Ghostery was causing me problems as well today. There are certain websites where buttons would not work. Clicking them did nothing. I also had the middle-click-not-working problem.
I removed Ghostery, and everything is working normal.
What’s weird is I can’t just pause ghostery…I have to either disable or remove the extension.
I did nothing but uninstall Ghostery and middle click now works.
The issue is now fixed, also server-side, and a restart of Chrome 71 in a few hours should be all that’s needed, as per Chrome engineers.
Ghostery said they just pushed an update to address it blocking ReCaptcha — this is the 2nd time in less than a month that Ghostery has literally made the internet unusable. I’m about | | far from uninstalling it completely.
It was a problem with Chrome. They’re rolling out a fix, see thread here:
For power users ( and those that like to live dangerously ) you can enable a flag in chrome to use V2 of the user interaction gesture model. This is the new default in v72+ and the reason it starts working for the beta and canary streams.