How to force links to open in a new window

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Platform notice: Server and Data Center only. This article only applies to Atlassian products on the Server and Data Center platforms.

Support for Server* products ended on February 15th 2024. If you are running a Server product, you can visit the Atlassian Server end of support announcement to review your migration options.

*Except Fisheye and Crucible

The information on this page relates to customizations. Consequently, Atlassian Support cannot guarantee to provide any support for the steps described on this page as customizations are not covered under Atlassian Support Offerings. Please be aware that this material is provided for your information only and that you use it at your own risk.

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A 3rd party plugin is available that reproduces some of this functionality.


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


This customization will only work for Confluence 3.0.1 and above

  1. Logged into Confluence as an administrator, in the top-right corner click >> General Configuration >> Custom HTML
  2. Click Edit
  3. In the At end of the HEAD field, insert this code:
    • For external links only, like []:

      jQuery(document).ready(function() {
          jQuery(".external-link").attr("target", "_blank");
    • For all types of links (internal and external):

      jQuery(document).ready(function() {
          jQuery(".wiki-content a").attr("target", "_blank");
    • For including 'Live Search macro' result links on top of all types of links

      jQuery(document).ready(function() {
          jQuery(".wiki-content a").attr("target", "_blank");
      AJS.toInit(function($) {
      	AJS.$(document).bind('DOMNodeInserted', function(event) {
      	 if ( $(".search-macro-dropdown") ) {
      	       AJS.$(" a").attr("target", "_blank");
  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.

Keyboard Hotkey

On the other hand, user can also use the keyboard hotkeys below while clicking on a link that should work on most browsers:

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Open in New Tab​Ctrl + Click​⌘ + Click
Open in New WindowShift + ClickShift + Click
Last modified on Apr 5, 2023

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