How to prevent Microsoft Edge from opening Bing links in new tabs on Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS and Linux


Microsoft Edge does something weird every time you use Microsoft Bing to search. A new Edge tab automatically opens to display your searched content, while the search page remains open in a different tab. At first, it’s unclear whether Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Bing is at fault.

As I quickly learned, opening a new tab for every search you perform is a frustrating problem for some people. But as a Microsoft Rewards member, I can’t pass up the chance to search for points with Bing to get Xbox movies, gift cards, and giveaways from the Microsoft Store.

You search Microsoft Bing, click a link in the results, and you’re taken to a new tab. You click the back button to return to the results, but it keeps you in the new tab that was just opened. Now you click on a different search result and you are redirected to another tab.

When you click on a link in the search results, you go to a new tab and the results stay open in the original tab. But going back won’t take you back to the original tab, so before you know it, you’ll have an overwhelming number of open tabs.

This issue is not only an issue for Windows users but also occurs while using Edge on for macOS and Linux users. After researching all possible Microsoft Edge settings, the solution is surprisingly found in Microsoft Bing’s SafeSearch settings.

Microsoft Edge on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Here’s how to change the settings so that every time you click on a search or news link on Bing, it doesn’t open in a new browser tab.

  1. Use Microsoft Edge to access on Windows, macOS, or Linux
  2. Click on the hamburger menu at the top right and choose SafeSearch
  3. Go to Results section
  4. Uncheck both “Open search results links in a new tab or window” and “Open news results links in a new tab or window”microsoft edge
  5. Click on To safeguard to confirm changes

That’s all there is to it. Of course, Microsoft wants you to keep Bing open as much as possible when searching. Some people have also reported that SafeSearch settings reset from time to time, so be on the lookout in case you need to repeat these steps.

Another option is to completely disable SafeSearch.

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Disable SafeSearch

Keep in mind that there doesn’t seem to be any real “confirmation” that your settings are saved and applied to your actual Microsoft Bing search preferences.

Interested in knowing more? Check out the latest OnPodcast episode also available on SoundCloud. Are there any other “features” of Microsoft Bing that you find frustrating? Let us know in the comments!

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