Do you read your emails, such as my newsletter, in your web browser?
Many people do, whether they’re using an email program like Thunderbird or Outlook, or reading via webmail by logging into their Internet Service Provider’s webmail program, or into AOL or Yahoo. Similarly, it might be an ISP like AT&T who uses Yahoo for its email service, or any other of the many webmail providers.
Whether you use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or any of their competitors or variants, that is, if you’re using a web browser to read your email, they all are designed with one feature that can be frustrating at times.
What happens if you click on a link in the email? The web browser treats the link in the email in the same way that it treats a link on a web page — it goes to that site, leaving your email behind.
That’s because a webpage that displays email is exactly the same in concept as a webpage for a website that you visited…because that’s exactly what it is. Yahoo (and the others) are web sites that display email. They’re web sites.
So, when you click on a link in an email you’re reading in your web browser, the web browser window changes to the new webpage, and leaves your email account (and the email at which you were looking) behind.
Fortunately, that problem is easy to solve.
Just hold down the Ctrl key (the Control key) while you click on the link. That will open the new webpage in a new tab.
Now, you will have two open tabs (or more, if you already had more than one tab open) — the original tab with the email and the new tab showing the link’s destination.
By the way, this feature is not limited to webmail. It works for almost any link on any web page. Your webmail is nothing other than a webpage that displays your email. It’s a web site.