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How can I halt Windows from forthwith switching to Google Chrome, after I click on URLs on Skype?

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Whenever I click on an URL in Skype, Windows opens up Google Chrome straightaway with the webpage. How do I halt this, so that Windows stays focussed on Skype?

I like to click and open URL's — that counterparties on Skype message me — straightaway in my browser, to remind me to read them after I finish Skyping. Unquestionably, it's unproductive to click one URL, then have Windows switch to Chrome — then I must minimize Chrome and return to Skype. Undeniably, I loathe repeating this with each URL messaged me.

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x-post https://superuser.com/questions/1698118/how-can-i-halt-windows-from-forthwith-switching-to-goo... (1 comment)
Opening a browser when you click on a URL sounds like normal behavior. Do you mean you have a differe... (2 comments)
Do you generally want new windows to steal focus? (2 comments)

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How do I halt this, so that Windows stays focussed on Skype?

Don't click on the link! Clicking a link without any additional keys or unusual setup in just about any software since the late 1990s means "I want to see the document referenced by this link". If you want to stay in Skype instead of seeing the referenced document, then don't click.

This behavior is so universal, it's hard to imagine what you expected clicking the link to do.

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Some systems like mac support cmd+click in many programs to open links in the background . (4 comments)
Mostly true, but... (1 comment)

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