Links not properly opening in Chrome

Basem Khawaja
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I would like to know if there is a solution to this problem that I have had for the past few months with my Chrome browser. This is a 2 part issue. First, When I click on some links in Outlook 2016 to open in my default browser or Secondly, When clicking on some links in Chrome, The webpage opens up in a maximized fashion, things are not in order and it looks like things are scattered in different places. When I click F5 to refresh the page then things go back to normal. I already uninstalled and reinstalled Chrome. Have the latest version. Running it with no extensions and now I only have 4 extensions, but I highly doubt that the extensions that I currently have are the culprit. Can someone please help me with a solution for once and for all to end this problem. I will include a screen capture of a link that was opened from Chrome .

Thank you,

Basem

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Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Hi Basem,

I've struck that exact problem myself and after considerable testing, I found the cause to be the various Ad Blockers I was using, including Google Chrome's built-in Adblocker and Adblock Plus which I currently use.

Just like you, a simple page refresh (F5) often helped, but in all cases for me, disabling the ad blocker or whitelisting the problematic site (which results in ads not being blocked) fully resolved the issue for me.

To check if it's the same scenario for you, try temporarily disabling Ad Block Plus and visiting any problematic page(s) again.

If it still doesn't display correctly without a refresh, ensure that Chrome's built-in Adblocker has also been disabled and try again.

If the page(s) do display correctly after disabling adblockers, then you need to make specific adjustments for the problematic pages to prevent it from happening again. That can get tedious as you discover more pages that are also affected in the same way.

I found that on some website pages, only whitelisting the site in Adblock Plus would stop it happening. That leaves you with a decision as to whether to live with the ads on the sites that give you problems or need to hit F5 each time you visit one that has a problem.

Please try the above test and let me know if you get the same results.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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I am working on your suggestion Andrew hoping to make sure it is the ABP for sure . Wanted to test the proposed on as many problem sites as possible for the next day or two. I will let you know what I found out. Lastly, I noticed some websites don't like the idea for their ads to be blocked so they insist on me turning off the ABP or I won't be able to view the content unless I pay for ad free subscription with them. I just to let you know which probably you already knew that. I am not sure if there is permanent fix for the ads without the pay for ad free subscription.
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Hi Andrew

Just a quick update. I did disable the Chrome built in Ad Blocker amd ABP as well whenever the page was displayed enlarged and and that still did not remedy the problem. I guess I have no choice just like you stated but to try whitelisting the offending website in ABP and see if it prevents that from happening and live with the ADS annoyance. Let me try that last step and get back to you.

Thank you Andrew,

Basem Khawaja
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Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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I did disable the Chrome built in Ad Blocker amd ABP as well whenever the page was displayed enlarged and and that still did not remedy the problem.

If that didn't rectify the problem for you, then whitelisting sites in ABP won't help either Basem. Your issue may be a result of a different cause.

In all cases for me, disabling ad blockers always resulted in future visits to a page displaying correctly. For myself, rather than whitelist each problematic site, unless I'm going to be visiting there regularly, I find a quick press of the F5 key to be preferable to get a correct display than to put up with ads.

A couple of questions.

Do you have the Zoom feature of Chrome set to anything other than 100% by any chance?

What about Windows itself? Is "Scale and Layout" set to anything higher than 100% under Display settings in Windows 10?

Those settings could also conceivably cause issues on some pages.

If either are set to something other, does returning them to 100% make any difference to the problematic pages?
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Hi Basem,

I have one other suggestion for you. This won't solve your Chrome issues, however, it may be a suitable workaround that might help.

Have you ever tried the Brave Web Browser? You can install most Google Chrome extensions to it as well.

I've been testing a variety of browsers for performance over the last couple of months while jotting down statistics and one thing I've found is that Brave seems to be both faster than Chrome when using sites like FaceBook, and is also better at handling Ads on pages without triggering Ad Blocker warnings.

In an example, if I go to read an article on this site with Google Chrome: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ I get the following warning and can't proceed unless I turn off AdBlock Plus or any other Ad Blocker being used:

Daily Mail Australia with Google Chrome
Note that AdBlock Plus blocked a total of 36 Ads on the above page before further reading was blocked with the above error.

However, when visiting the same site using the Brave browser with its built-in Ad Blocker turned on, and no other Ad Blocking software extension installed, the page displays perfectly (without ads) and no AdBlocker warning is triggered.

In other words, the site does not recognize the Brave AdBlocker that is being used. I've discovered some other sites that perform the same way too.

I've also now installed an extension into Google Chrome so that I can browse the web using Chrome when I want to, but when I choose to, right-click any link and select "Open link with Brave" to send the link to the Brave browser instead. Works a treat for me.

The Brave browser looks and works in a very similar way to Google Chrome, so the learning curve isn't all that high. I'd recommend you give it a try as your default browser for a few days and see if it helps with the other problems you're experiencing as well.

No need to install any AdBlocker software, just use the built-in Adblocker that comes with Brave.

Let me know how you go if you decide to give it a try.

You can install Brave here.

No need to uninstall Google Chrome if you don't want to. I keep both browsers installed here (along with several others) and they live and co-exist very well together. I just change the default browser whenever it suits me.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Andrew

Thank you for your wonderful insights on my question. You were absolutely right . Display settings were 250% and Chrome zoom was 110%. I decreased the display setting to 150% recommended setting but it made a huge difference in being able to read as clearly as I used so I am not sure if I am going to be able to live with that nor I just applied the change I can't say for sure that will help with the enlarged text problem. I will install BRAVE as you have suggested and hopefully see if that will fix everything without compromising the display setting or chrome zoom.
I do have a question for you though on the right click on a link that you mentioned earlier"I've also now installed an extension into Google Chrome so that I can browse the web using Chrome when I want to, but when I choose to, right-click any link and select "Open link with Brave" to send the link to the Brave browser instead. Works a treat for me" When do I need to use that myself let's say when I am using Chrome. In another words what should prompt to use it. What is the name of that extension and finally, Can I export my Google bookmarks to Brave? Thank you so much Andrew.

P.S.-I am using 150% display setting now while tying this reply.
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Hi Basem,

I'm not certain, but it's likely that you'll have similar issues with Brave (display wise) as you do with Chrome if the Display settings on Brave or Windows are set to high values. The quick way to find out is to just try it.

When do I need to use that myself let's say when I am using Chrome.

In that case, only when you find a site that will block all access with AdBlocker Plus enabled in Chrome, yet displays what you consider an unreasonable number of obtrusive ads like the site I gave when whitelisted.

In a case like that, when you come across a news story you want to view, you can select "Open link with Brave" over the link to the story and Brave will open with the linked site instead. To speed things up, I usually have Brave minimized when using Facebook just as an example.

The name of the extension is coincidently Open in Brave Browser :)

Can I export my Google bookmarks to Brave?

Yep, you can Export a copy of your bookmarks from Chrome and then Import them into the Brave Browser just as easily as any other browser.

P.S.-I am using 150% display setting now while tying this reply

Good stuff. Glad we could nail the cause of some of your issues down :-)

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Without a seed of doubt in my mind, Andrew should be EE MVP of the Year:). He has proven his continued success and intelligence many times to me and I am sure others. Thank God for this man.

Basem Khawaja
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Thank you for the ultra kind words Basem. Glad I was able to help :)

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