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Why can't external links open in a new page?

  1. Claire Roach profile image83
    Claire Roachposted 3 years ago

    I really don't get why HP don't allow this?  I have hubs like this: http://claireroach.hubpages.com/hub/Fre … businesses where the whole objective is to utilise many of the links available.
    Now if it takes them away from the hub it's neither beneficial to me, HP or the reader so why Oh why can't we insert target_blank??

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image78
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I posted a few hours ago but it seems to have disappeared. I tested on your link to make sure - I do it and have never had a problem. I point my mouse at the link and right click the link, a box comes up saying, "Open in a new tab" and I left click that and the link opens in a new tab. You also have the option of opening in a different window.

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image78
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I have it Claire - hold "Ctrl" button down at the same time you click on the link.

    3. The Examiner-1 profile image78
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Try this - Edit your capsule which has the link and click on HTML. Then enter the following: <a href="#" target="_blank">Link</a>

      What 'Link' means is you enter your link in that spot The easy way is to copy/paste it.
      I just tested it and it worked.

      1. Claire Roach profile image83
        Claire Roachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It did? that's what I did and it stripped it.  WiIl give it another go and report back, cheers x

        1. The Examiner-1 profile image78
          The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I know. sad Previously I looked after the first try and the link was still there but I did not think of trying to open it again. I am sorry about that. I will keep trying though.

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image78
            The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Okay Claire, this worked for me. I tested this with 2 different links, one of mine and yours. I tried them both about 3-4 times. The correct links came up each time. You use the same HTML which I gave you before, the only difference is that you replace the # sign with a second copy of your link. So you have the same link placed in the line twice.

            1. Claire Roach profile image83
              Claire Roachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              It's working now, thanks so much.  God knows what I was doing wrong hmm

              1. The Examiner-1 profile image78
                The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                The first one did not work for me the second time that I tried it.

        2. Matthew Meyer profile image76
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          UPDATE: I'm leaving this post as to not break the forum discussion thread, but please see Paul's post for some important information about best practices for linking. http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2540230

          As @The Examiner-1 mentioned above, you should be able to accomplish this via the HTML view in a text capsule.
          http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2539692

          I just tested creating a new window link using the HTML view for a text capsule and it worked for me. I was able to save, preview, and test the link.

          You can see the "HTML Links - The target Attribute" section for an example.
          You want to use the target="_blank" option.
          http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_links.asp
          Here is the general format
          <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_links.asp" target="_blank">W3Schools: HTML Links</a>

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image78
            The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Thank you Matthew. That verifies the recent one which I gave to her.

            1. Matthew Meyer profile image76
              Matthew Meyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Thanks for being so helpful and I hope you have a great day!

              1. The Examiner-1 profile image78
                The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Even though I had tested it , I was not sure that it would work for her. I have not heard.

  2. electronician profile image85
    electronicianposted 3 years ago

    You can do it by clicking the html button in the editor and adding the code yourself. I know its a hassle, but at least it is possible.

    1. ilikegames profile image81
      ilikegamesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the tip! I'm going to go back to the 2 Hubs I've created and do this, I'm a big believer that external links should open in a new tab these days.

      1. pauldeeds profile image
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        pauldeedsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I'd recommend informing yourself on the issue then.  Here's one good resource on the subject (that references a number of others):

        http://webdesign.anmari.com/2820/dont-f … w-windows/

  3. Claire Roach profile image83
    Claire Roachposted 3 years ago

    I tried that but it strips the code needed to perform the task.

  4. grand old lady profile image91
    grand old ladyposted 3 years ago

    Thanks or the info, electronician. Backlinks are very useful in drawing attention to older hubs.

  5. lobobrandon profile image83
    lobobrandonposted 3 years ago

    target="_new" doesn't work anymore? Haven't checked, but this is what it seems like from your conversation.

    If you wanna open it in a new tab Examiner, just press your center moues button (or the scroll thing) on the link. That opens stuff in a new tab, no hassle of right clicking, then picking open in new tab. Just some helpful info smile

    1. Claire Roach profile image83
      Claire Roachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Not working for me.

      I personally know how to open in a new tab, I'm just thinking about any readers.  They probably will just click on the link then if they get carried away they might lose the article.

      1. lobobrandon profile image83
        lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That's going to happen, that's why I try to add links only to related hubs or if it's really important, I add other links only at the end of the hub

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image78
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      lobbrando,
      You must have a newer - or different - mouse than I do. I only have two buttons, left and right, in the center is the scroll 'ball'.  The wheel does nothing except to move the pointer.

      1. lobobrandon profile image83
        lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Nope that's exactly what I got smile You can press the scroll ball and it acts as a button as well. At least on most of the mouses' that I've used it does. Try it out on a link to someones profile here on the forums.

  6. Claire Roach profile image83
    Claire Roachposted 3 years ago

    It's just that I want them to auto open in a new  tab hmm

    1. Writer Fox profile image79
      Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with you that they should automatically open in a new window.  Some things on this platform are antiquated (like the fact that you can't make an Alt Tag) and we just have to live with the situation because it's unlikely that they will be changed.

 
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