Any way to make URL links open in a new tab?

Travel Forums System Talk Any way to make URL links open in a new tab?

1. Posted by MoDementia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y 1 Star this if you like it!

I have links to galleries in my posts
e.g.

All photos and videos can be found here. Right Click Open in New Tab

I would like them to open in a new tab

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6018 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

There is no way to do this.

Luckily, from my perspective. With a regular link, any viewer can for themselves decide to open a link in the same tab or in a new tab (mousewheel-click (middle-click) or ctrl+click or the right-click, open in new tab option you mentioned).

With a link that's set to forcibly open in a new window or tab, there's no way for a viewer to anticipate that, and even if there was, there's no way to override it and have the link open in the same tab. Super annoying! (Which is why forcing links to open in a new tab or window has consistently come out as one of the top 10 usability mistakes in usability research for the last two decades.)

3. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 227 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting MoDementia

I have links to galleries in my posts
e.g.

All photos and videos can be found here. Right Click Open in New Tab

I would like them to open in a new tab

This would be great! some cites do use this set-up as a default and it's super handy!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 7216 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I think there's a difference between you opening links in a new window and forcing everyone to open those links in a new window.

As Sander has said, it's a usability problem for many - especially on mobile browsers where the links would be opened in a new tab and it's actually quite hard to then go back to the original tab if you want to go back.

If as a reader you like opening links in a new window, then you should really be using either "command click" (Mac) or "shift click" (Windows). I'm totally used to it and I really never find myself wishing that a site implemented the automatic opening in a new window although I often open links in new tabs.

The only time when I think it's really useful is when you are in the middle of a booking flow or on an editing form and it would be really destructive if you accidentally navigated away from it.

5. Posted by MilesTX (Budding Member 40 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

On a tablet or laptop you can force a link to open in a new tab, but I'm unaware of a way to do that on a mobile device.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 7216 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

You can press and hold on the link to bring up a context menu allowing to open in a new tab. That’s on iOS at least.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2561 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToddP

Quoting MoDementia

I have links to galleries in my posts
e.g.

All photos and videos can be found here. Right Click Open in New Tab

I would like them to open in a new tab

This would be great! some cites do use this set-up as a default and it's super handy!

I hate things that open in tabs - most of the times the tabs are behind the page I'm on and I don't know they are there. I want things to open in a new window, and not a tab. With a window, I can close the window without the chance of deleting the whole page I was on, and I can make the windows part of the screen so I can look at two windows at one time, which I can't do with a tab. I'm not tech savvy enough to make a tab into a window.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6018 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I'm not tech savvy enough to make a tab into a window.

If you happen to use Firefox, you can right-click the "tab" itself, which shows a contextmenu. In there, there's the option "Move Tab", which expands to include "Move to New Window".

You can also make Firefox always open a new window rather than a new tab when middle-clicking / ctrl-clicking a link, and when a website developer has forced the link to open in a new tab/window, by going to preferences, general, tabs, and unchecking the checkbox next to "Open links in tabs instead of new windows"

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2561 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

THank you for the help.

I use four different browsers - I have already made FF to open in a new window instead of a tab. I have tried separating the tab from the other tab but it doesn't often work for me. So I have defaulted to always opening something in a new window.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2019, at 21:05 by greatgrandmaR ]