Is it possible to open an a href link in a new tab instead of the same tab?

<a href="http://your_url_here.html">Link</a>
9/15/2016 11:14:40 AM

Accepted Answer

You should add the target="_blank" and rel="noopener noreferrer" in the anchor tag.

For example:

<a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://your_url_here.html">Link</a>

Adding rel="noopener noreferrer" is not mandatory, but it's a recommended security measure. More information can be found in the links below.


9/9/2019 4:12:22 PM

It shouldn't be your call to decide whether the link should open in a new tab or a new window, since ultimately this choice should be done by the settings of the user's browser. Some people like tabs; some like new windows.

Using _blank will tell the browser to use a new tab/window, depending on the user's browser configuration and how they click on the link (e.g. middle click, Ctrl+click, or normal click).


set the target attribute of your <a> element to "_tab"

EDIT: It works, however W3Schools says there is no such target attribute:

EDIT2: From what I've figured out from the comments. setting target to _blank will take you to a new tab or window (depending on your browser settings). Typing anything except one of the ones below will create a new tab group (I'm not sure how these work):

_blank  Opens the linked document in a new window or tab
_self   Opens the linked document in the same frame as it was clicked (this is default)
_parent Opens the linked document in the parent frame
_top    Opens the linked document in the full body of the window
framename   Opens the linked document in a named frame

You can simply do that by setting target="_blank", w3schools has an example.