How to Open a Link in a New Tab in Any Internet Browser

One of the students at a recent SharePoint class I delivered, asked: “Where is the setting to have links in a SharePoint Links list open in a new tab?”

Great question! I thought there had to be a checkbox or radio button setting tucked away in Advanced Settings. I poked around, eventually giving up, and asking my SharePoint team for help.


Well surprise, surprise, there is no setting to have all the links in a Links List open in a new tab.

This functionality can be turn it on for an entire site collection, entire web, or entire page via embedding a snippet of JavaScript code, but that is not the technical level of the audience of this blog post.

I prefer to focus on simple solutions that end users can utilize to increase productivity with minimal effort. So, if you want links to open in a new tab, I recommend you train your staff to use one of the following methods:

  1. Hold down CTRL button on keyboard before click on link with mouse.
  2. Click on the link using the scroll wheel on your mouse.
  3. Right click on the link and select “Open in new window” from dropdown menu.

Option 1:


Option 2:


Option 3:

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