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webfi-How to Open External Links in a New Window in WordPress

In WordPress every time an author wants to add a link in a post, they have the option of selecting “open link in new window”. Although doing it manually is an option, wouldn’t it be nice to do this automatically. In this video we will show you how to open external links in a new window in WordPress (both manually and automatically)

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Summary of this Tutorial:

WordPress links are opened in the same window by default.

There is a way to open links in a new window or tab however it has to be done manually for each link.

This video talks about a plugin that allows you to automatically open all external links in a new window or tab.

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  • Fernando De La Rocha on April 6, 2014

    I uploaded the plugin and it does not work.

  • Terrence Harewood on August 30, 2014

    I thought that this video was very helpful. Thank you! 

  • NELA CONDE on November 4, 2014

    and how open a external link in a new window like a popup?

  • araxy kherlopian on March 5, 2015

    Thank you it was very helpful to watch it done step-by-step

  • Kaz vs Wild on April 26, 2015

    In the new version there is a "MATCH" setting so you can open PDF files in another widow, works great!! Thanks!!

  • Mount Carmel on May 27, 2015

    Thank you for letting us know how to do this and use this plugin. In my main menu. I was trying to open google pictures in new tab. Works great!

  • Xtremly on November 27, 2015

    New WINDOWS or NEW TAB. without plugin is working new tab!

  • Xtremly on November 27, 2015

    Ctrl + T = new tab /  and / Ctrl+N = New window on crome, I explorer, mozila etc (windows Os) (what you make is HOW TO OPEN EXTERNAL LINKS IN A NEW  TAB windows in WordPress

  • Fred Roe on December 19, 2015

    what is the destination URL I'm new to wordpress and the plug in does not work either

  • Srikumaran Melethil on December 24, 2015

    I have two videos in my post. I want it to return to my post after the first video is played. How do I do it? Thanks.

  • Bob Diamond RPh on September 4, 2017

    You can't beat 'perfect,' WPBeginner. Thanks.

  • cxm on October 7, 2017

    I'm just getting started with WP, so find all these videos very helpful. Thanks.

  • Interesting Answers on July 17, 2018

    perfect. the plugin worked great.

  • Jim Willis on August 4, 2018

    I am Deaf and really appreciate the captions. It makes a huge difference that you put real captions and not the automatic unreadable ones. 🙂

  • Anne-Marie Tunks on December 2, 2018

    I manage five websites and this plugin works fine with four of them, however the 5th opens in a new window but also changes my webpage to the external link – both the new and existing tab become the external link! Any idea how to fix this?

  • LforL on December 5, 2018

    Thanks! Works Great

  • Mohammed D. Aliyu on January 31, 2019

    Thank you!

  • MrSteeiii on October 24, 2019

    I can't update the bakery link, I save it and its comeback as it was before. Maybe you know what can causes this problem?

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