Why are some links not clickable in Chrome but work in other browsers?

Fred G February 3, 2014
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This is starting to send me spare.

I am using Chrome as my main browser, and on some sites things aren’t clickable but work on other browsers.

The two main ones are:
– Linkedin where you have the page that has ‘People you might know’ I can’t click on the bottom bar (connect, send message, shared connections) of each listing, but I can click on the profile.
– Not really a page but when I bookmark a page with getpocket and go to add tags, I can get the tag list to show but can’t click any of the options, so I have to type the tag in full.

There are other pages I am having similar problems with but I can’t remember which ones. I have spent a bit of time looking for solutions or others with the same problem but I can’t find anything that helps.

Feel it is a setting but don’t know where to start.

While typing this I thought I would just double check. So tried clicking the connect option with my mouse and nada, in frustration I touched the screen muttering something along the lines of ‘why don’t you work’, and low and behold the connection request was sent (obviously I have a touch screen PC – though I never use it). I have confirmed that touching the screen works for get pocket.

So any help on getting mouse to work would be appreciated.

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  1. Rick
    February 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    @Fred, well you where right about Adblock plus. After adding Bol.com to the trusted domains list, all links on the site worked again!

    I can verify this, because if I remove Bol.com from the list, then the links don't work again. So this is deff and Adblock issue :)

  2. Rick
    February 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I thought I was going crazy! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who's having this issue.

    I'm having issues on this login page for bol.com: https://www.bol.com/sdd/login.html I cannot click any link on that page at all. Can you please try for me if works for you?

    I'm trying to find out what is causing this with bol.com support. If I know more, and it turns out to be chrome related, i'll fill a bug report for Chrome.

    If you find any more sites that suffer from this issue, please post them here. That will help me make a case for Google.

    Thank you

    • Fred G
      February 10, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Pretty much the entire Blue bar is unclickable in chrome, works fine for me in ie. So I suspect it is a problem with a chrome setting.

      However, while typing I had a thought about adblock which I disabled and now the links work Still work after I re-enabled adblock. So getting well past my understanding :(

  3. Oron J
    February 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Fred, I feel for you! Have just double-checked LinkedIn on my PC (Chrome, Windows 7) and confirmed I have no such problems. Kihara may well be right and it may be a Chrome issue, but it could also be an extension. Try disabling all the extensions and test Chrome, then add the extensions back one at a time until you identify the culprit.
    If you find out what caused the problem, post it here. It'll be good for the future generations!

  4. kihara
    February 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Chrome has issues on touchscreens. Type "chrome://flags" in the address bar, hit enter and scroll down until you find these two settings; Touch Optimized UI and Enable touch events. Enable them both and see if this solves the problem.

    • Fred G
      February 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you to you both.
      Kihara your answer didn't fix my problem but gave me a direction to head in. Did as you said and the links are still not clickable with my mouse. I disabled the two settings and mouse clicks on those pages work.

      I don't really use the touchscreen option (been using a mouse and keyboard for way too long to break that habit) so it isn't a biggie for me.

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