Stop safari from opening new tabs every link click?

Not sure when it started, all I know is that it's been very iritating ever since. 
On the pad, phone, mac, and mac book, web browsing has become a pain in the a$$ because every (ok high 90%) on a link opens a new tab on the macs a new browsing window on the a minute or so the macs have 10 taps open and the phone is maxed out with 8 new windows all on the same thing.
how do i switch this off?  I just want the "old?" way where i got one window and the web session can move forward and back at my choosing in the same tab, and if i want to open a tab, i right click on the link and select "open in new tab"
Whatever happened to that?  Am I the only one who hates this new way of safari operating?

May have a fix per Bill;
"I am seeing the same problem in Snow Leopard and Safari 5.1.10 as are many other people with various versions of Safari on several forums.
I've done routine maintenance including emptying caches and clearing out cookies. I've changes tab/window preferences to update Safari's plist all without effect. The blank full-screen window in the background has no code. I've even looked for differences in the HTML and CSS from the originating pages gotten from Chrome and Safari. No differences.
The only thing I can remember changing was a Glims update which dated 11/25/13. Since Glims messes with Tabs it is possible.
This is a pain.

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