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How do I get a link to open in the same window instead of it opening in a new window? Or vice versa?

Last Updated: May 29, 2012  |  3814 Views

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The answer all depends on where you're trying to do this:


Change Default System Wide

  1. Go to Admin Stuff > System Settings.
  2. Click the Link Options tab.
  3. In the Proxy Server & Link Target > Opening New Windows in Guides section, select the option you want to be the default.

Note: There is no need to click a "save" button. Once you choose the option, it is automatically saved! :)


Links & Lists or Simple Web Links Boxes

The default behavior for links in these boxes are set at the system level. You can choose to have links open in the same page or a new window. If you decide to change this default setting, it affects all of these types of boxes across your entire LibGuides system.

You can also change individual links to have different behavior. By default, they'll take the default behavior in your System Settings. If you'd like to change the behavior for an individual link:

  • Dropdown options for Add/Edit a link.
  • You'll see a setting called Window Target. Choose the setting you want:
    • Use System Default
    • Open Link in Same Window
    • Open Link in New Window
  • Click Save Changes.

Rich Text Box

Rich text boxes are not affected by the system-wide settings. This means you can choose on a link-by-link basis whether you want it to open in the same window or a new window.

  1. Highlight the text you want to link and click the link (chain) icon (Link icon.).
  2. Add the URL, then choose the target:
    • Same window, or
    • New window
  3. Click Insert.

Search Results Lists

The default behavior for links in these boxes/lists are set at the system level. You cannot change them individually.


Pages (Redirect URL)

The default behavior when using the "redirect URL" option when adding a page is to have the link open in the same window. This setting cannot be changed.

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