When I click a link IE8 always opens a new window instead of creating a new tab. I have clicked Tools --> Internet Options --> Tabs --> "Open Link In Other Programs In" --> "A new tab in current window".

How can I set it so that a new tab is created instead of opening a new window? Or maybe its not possible?

You better right click the link and select 'open in new tab' option.

commented: Thanks for the suggestion :) +36

that setting has worked for me in the past (although I don't use ie too much). is it perhaps a certain web site that does this? if so it may be down to the code behind their links.

that link probably triggered a pop up or the html code for that link might have had target=new_window...