Middle mouse button and Chrome

Chrome has just been updated to 28.0.1500.71 and opening a link in a new tab via the middle mouse button no longer works on Duolingo. The link will just open in the same tab. It works fine on every other website I've tried.

July 9, 2013


This appears to be a Google Chrome problem. You can read the bug report here:, but the basic idea is that there is a problem with opening urls that include a '#' in new tabs using the normal shortcut keys.

Apparently it was an issue in 27 too, but less visible (only occurs if you try to open the same link twice in a new tab).

The good news is that we plan to remove the #'s in the fairly near future, so it should return to normal functionality soon. For now, unfortunately, the only workaround appears to be to using right click, "Open Link in New Tab" or updating to a non stable version like 29 or Canary.

Thanks for the report!

July 13, 2013

Thanks for the answer, and for identifying the source of the problem.

July 13, 2013

Thanks! I'm using version 29 now and it's working fine.

July 13, 2013

Thanks for this, I updated to Chrome 29 beta and it's working again. Much less frustrating!

July 18, 2013


July 20, 2013

Hi Christian! Thanks for reporting this. We were able to replicate it. We'll get this fixed soon.

July 9, 2013


July 10, 2013

I just started seeing a very similar issue in Firefox. I usually hold ctrl while clicking links to open them in a new tab, and this stopped working on Duolingo either yesterday or today. Same effects for me: opens in same tab, works fine everywhere else.

July 10, 2013

Thanks for reporting! Taking a look.

July 10, 2013

I am using Chrome and it is working fine. I just clicked someone's name and also a tab at the top. It opened both in a new tab. But I don't know if this Chrome has been updated which may be why it is still works.

July 11, 2013

Same problem with Chrome + Mac OS, I open pages in new tab with [command] + [L-click] but lately it does not work, it opens the link in the same tab.

July 12, 2013
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