How to force links to open in a new window

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Purpose

By default, links are opened in the same window. To force them to be opened in a new window, follow these steps:

Workaround

This customisation will only work for Confluence 3.0.1 and above

  1. Visit Administration >> Custom HTML
  2. Click Edit
  3. In the At end of the HEAD field, insert this code:
    • For external links only, like [http://www.google.com]:

      <script>
      jQuery(document).ready(function() {
          jQuery(".external-link").attr("target", "_blank");
      });
      </script>
      
    • For all type of links (internal and external):

      <script>
      jQuery(document).ready(function() {
          jQuery(".wiki-content a").attr("target", "_blank");
      });
      </script>
      
  4. Hit Save

If you'd like to use this functionality on a single page rather than the whole instance, enable the HTML Macro and embed this script in your page.

Last modified on Aug 7, 2017

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