How to Fix Tumblr Blogs Only Opening in Dashboard Mode

Have you recently tried to browse Tumblr only for your excitement to die down when you tried to view one of your favorite blogs?

Even though it might not be as popular now as it was but a few years ago, Tumblr has definitely had its time in the spotlight. Managing to maintain a loyal and dedicated following in the process, there are still quite a few people who make it their preferred home in the digital sphere. 

While it is regarded as more of a ‘cult-following’ type of social media platform in current times, especially since its infamous 2018 adult content ban, Tumblr persists in its online presence. Unfortunately, its various tech problems persist with it. 

Exploring a blog on Tumblr has always been rather … peculiar. On the one hand, the automatic open in dashboard feature provides ease of access to the user who only wants to briefly glance over a blog and get a feel for it. On the other hand, if a user would like a more in-depth look at a blog, the way they’d have to go about that has never felt too intuitive either. Tumblr is, essentially, fighting its own tools. 

Therefore, in this article, we’ll be considering the best way to fix the issue of Tumblr blogs only opening in dashboard mode, as well as giving you a few tips and tricks that could simplify your browsing of the online platform. 

Note: This guide does not mention the Android or iOS version of the Tumblr app, seeing as this issue can only occur through the use of Tumblr on either a PC or mobile web browser.

Let’s get started!

  1. The New Tab Fix
  2. The Extension Upgrade
  3. The Dashboard and ‘Hidden’ Blogs 


1. The New Tab Fix

The tried and true solution to the dashboard blog issue is the same now as it was years ago – opening the blog in a new browser tab. This fix is identical for the PC/mobile versions of web browsers like Google Chrome or Safari

Seeing as Tumblr’s systemic coding does not allow you to customize your blog viewing preference through its available user settings, this is the clearest alternative. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Log in to Tumblr with your account’s username and password
  2. Click on the icon or the name of one of the blogs on your Dashboard.
  3. Observe that the blog opens in a limited window on the right-hand side of the page.



  1. Right-click the icon/name of the blog to open the browser options. Select ‘Open link in new tab’ (Pictured: Google Chrome)



  1. The blog will open in a New Tab instead of on the Dashboard. 

Alternatively, you may also use a couple of mouse and keyboard shortcuts. Clicking on the link with the middle mouse button or through the combination of the Control key + left mouse button will achieve the same effect as the method we have outlined above. 



2. The Extension Upgrade

It is understandable that, after hours of browsing, you might eventually get tired of having to waste precious seconds on a workaround that should have been a platform feature in the first place. 

Thankfully, if you’re an avid Google Chrome user, you are given access to a wide range of extensions which can fix a problem such as Tumblr blogs only opening in dashboard mode.

Here’s how to install one such helpful extension, Long Press New Tab, which allows you to easily adapt and customize your clicking patterns: 

  1. Access the Chrome Web Store
  2. Look up Long Press New Tab in the search bar.
  3. Add the extension to Google Chrome.



  1. Once installed, refresh the Tumblr Dashboard homepage
  2. Press and hold left-click on the name/icon of the blog you want to access. 
  3. Observe that the blog has been opened in a New Tab rather than on the Tumblr Dashboard.

The extension also presents a decent number of useful customizations. From allowing you to control the exact number of ms it takes for the long press to register, to the option to add certain site exceptions, it is definitely something worth looking into if you often find yourself in similar situations to the dashboard blog one. 



3. The Dashboard and ‘Hidden’ Blogs

Another key thing to note regarding the dashboard blog problem is the rare occurrence of a hidden blog, and what you, as a potential Tumblr content creator yourself, can do about it. 

When a blog is purposefully hidden by its author, it will only show up on the user dashboard interface. Consequently, If you attempt to view it in full through the open link in new tab method, the link will only result in a ‘page not found’ error.

Fortunately, there is a way to mend this if you turned this on by accident or if you’ve changed your mind regarding the privacy of the content you share. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On the Dashboard page, click the Account Icon in the right-hand corner. 
  2. Select Settings.



  1. Under Blogs, select the blog you would like to unhide.



  1. Scroll down to the Visibility settings and de-select the option that hides your blog.



Once you’ve done this, your blog will once again be fully visible in a browser environment. Just like you would, your fellow Tumblr users will feel quite grateful that they will be able to explore the content you’ve shared and highlighted in its full glory, rather than having to settle for a scaled-down version on the Dashboard page. 



To Sum Everything Up

While Tumblr has definitely seen better days in terms of its popularity in the space of online social media, that doesn’t mean users should be discouraged from engaging with the platform altogether. 

Technical issues such as the one outlined above are but a minor deterrent in the process of content discovery and exploration. Whether you appeal to the classic method or would rather tweak your browsing options through extensions, the bottom line is that an easy and facile solution is always just around the corner. 

With all that being said, we hope that this guide has proven informative and helpful, and if you have any thoughts about your experiences with Tumblr blogs, or any other similar issues with the platform, please don’t hesitate to leave them down below!


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