I'm taking about the account bar that's at the header of the page, not the Google browser toolbar or the tabs in Chrome itself.

Is there a way to configure the Google account bar to open items in the same window when clicked? i.e. not in a new window but to replace the contents of the current page much like a tab should actually work.

Or perhaps they're not tabs anyway but just a list of links – but I'd like them to be tabs. Any ideas?

FYI, the account bar has recently had a design update to be black and the Google+ notifications now get listed to the right of it.


I've looked at the markup and it appears to be using an anchor for opening the tab bar links.

<a target="_blank" class="gbzt" onclick="gbar.logger.il(1,{t:25})"  
<span class="gbtb2"></span><span class="gbts">Documents</span>
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    You would normally be able to make that sort of change using a Greasemonkey user script, but the Google top bar buttons actually do open links on the same tab anyway, so there is something weird going on with your browser.
    – paradroid
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 18:47
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    @paradroid thanks for the suggestion regarding greasemonkey but from what i can see it's nothing to do with my browser. I work across several machines and i've tried this on ie, ff and chrome where they all open up gmail, google+, picasa, docs, calander ect in new tabs. I've checked the markup and it appears to use an anchor. So I'm wondering how you have yours opening within the same tab.
    – Dan Revell
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 19:05
  • Okay, I can see the behaviour that you describe when within Google Apps and Google+, but not from any of the other Google services, or when clicking into GMail or Google+ from them. These use https, and Google has obviously decided to have different behaviour on these web apps. I think a Greasemonkey user script is your only solution.
    – paradroid
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 19:23
  • You could possibly write a script that hides the bar altogether and shows a custom made bar in its place. Then just load those links as general href links. Would be nice to customise it so I got links to what I actually used!
    – ingh.am
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 23:22

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I have just found a Greasemonkey user script which does what you want, but it does not currently work from within Gmail.


Easy if you use Firefox.

From ghacks.net:

Users who want to change this behavior need to type in [about:config] in a tab in the Firefox web browser. This should open the Firefox configuration. First time users need to accept a disclaimer. They then need to filter for the term [browser.link.open_newwindow]. The default value of that entry is [3] which opens links that would normally open in a new window in a new tab.

To force Firefox to open links (no matter if they have been designed to open in a new tab or window) in the same tab one would need to change the value to 1 which will open all links that would normally open in a new window in the same tab. Changing the value to [2] would open new windows in a new window (duh).


Check the following setting in Internet Explorer

Tools / Internet Options / TABS - Settings / When a pop-up is encountered

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