Mar 13, 2013

Why won't links on some websites work with Chrome?

Recently, things like the internal links to news stories at Wired and the log-in here at IT World won't work with Chrome. I've had to switch over to Firefox to fully use both sites. This is also happening at some other websites too, although the majority of sites still work fine. If I "open link in new tab" it works fine, but then I find at the end of the day I have 20+ tabs open. This never used to be a problem, and I haven't added any new plug-ins to Chrome recently. I generally prefer the Chrome browser, but if websites won't work properly, it isn't so sweet. Any ideas on what is causing this?


You should remove all ad block extentions from Chrome. This should help. 


This won't help if you're not responsible for the website causing the errors, but if this is happening to a website you're managing, you may want to look at the HTML for any odd code that was added. My institution uses SharePoint as their CMS & when I looked at the code, I noticed that there were several lines of jargon that the system had somehow added to each photo on the page. I deleted this extra code & now all of the links are working in Chrome again. 

If Chrome is giving you a problem, try Chromium and see if that might work better for you.

"Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web. This site contains design documents, architecture overviews, testing information, and more to help you learn to build and work with the Chromium source code."


I haven't had that problem using Chrome on my laptop or desktop, but when Google sent me a Chromebook Pixel to review a couple of weeks ago, it happened a lot. I couldn't figure out why.



It's a mild annoyance when I'm using a browser I downloaded for free, but I would be steaming if it was on a $1400+ Chromebook (no matter how sweet Gangam Style looks on YouTube). Can you switch browsers on a Chromebook, or are you locked in to Chrome?


It may be cold comfort, but at least you are not the only person experiencing this. The only advice that I've seen is to clear your cache and cookies, which sounds like the kind of thing tech support says when they don't have a clue.!topic/chrome/MTinTo-sPFU

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