There’s no other way to put this (and friends and family already know the obvious. I have a touch or two of OCD.
Like most of us with OCD I don’t think of it as a disorder. It’s merely an innate sense of how the world really should be at any given moment. That’s one reason why I have a bunch of Safari browser extensions on my Mac.
Granular Controls For Safari
There’s no real need to worry about where a browser window opens in a Safari tab, but I tend to like things to work the way I want.
Enter LinkThing, a free Safari extension with controls how links on a web page open within Safari.
Seriously, these are browser settings which bring order to the world, putting new webpages in their proper location.
It’s not that I mind that Safari puts newly opened webpages in the wrong location, it’s just that I want to control where the pages open.
General Settings in LinkThing are straightforward and obvious. You can control where offsite (new) links open in Safari, and where onsite links open. Yes, they should be different.
I like the setting whereby a new link opens in a new tab but that tab then comes forward and active.
LinkThing is smart enough to rewrite Google’s URL links as direct links, and to position new active tabs as you prefer– right of current browser tab, or left of current browser tab.
These things are important to some of us.
LinkThing even keeps track of specific sites with customized settings.
Lest you think such Safari extensions are an oddity, check out the rest of the same app developer’s Safari extensions. It’s a treasure trove of additional browser controls and options.
For example, Cloudmarks works with cloud bookmark services such as Pinboard and Google. CustomReader adds controls to Safari’s Reader page. PopSearch gives you more search engines in Safari. There are a dozen other free Safari extensions so you’re sure to find one or two that do what you know needs to be done but you couldn’t find anyone else to agree with you.