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Opening a new window with a link

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Why have a page open in a new window?

Having a page/document open in a new window can allow a user to look through that without loosing the page in your site where they found the link.  Typically we suggest this for links to external site, but it can also be used for a link to an internal document.  In both cases you would want your site to remain open while the other site or document to be in another window.  That way if they close the window, your site is still there and available.

We don't suggest it for internal links though.  Too many occurrences of opening new windows will lead to a "pop up" feel and we all know that this is not something you want.

There are two ways to open something in a new window.

  1. Adding the command to the link -- this gives you the advantage of not always having that page open in a new window
  2. Adding the command to the page -- this will mean anytime someone clicks on a link to that page it will open in a new window.

To do this you will have to have "Show secondary options (palettes)" checked on.  For more information go to the introduction.

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How to open a new window from a link in content - External page.

Create the link as you would normally.  It's always polite to tell users if you are going to open a new window.

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In the dialog box, click "External URL".  Type (or copy/paste) the address into the "URL" textbox.  Then put "_blank" (without quotes) in the "Target" textbox.

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How to open a new window from a link in content - Internal page.

The method for opening a new window for an internal page is much the same as the method for the link to an external site. 

Create the link as you would normally.  It's always polite to tell users if you are going to open a new window.

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In the "Insert Web Link" dialog box, remain on the "Page" tab. 

IMPORTANT - do not click the page you wish to link to just yet.

Check the "Target" checkbox and in the "Target" textbox type "_blank" (without quotes).  

THEN click on the page you wish to link to.

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Your link should now open in a new window.

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How to open a new window from a page - External link:

After adding the new page change the page type to "Link to External URL" add the pagetitle and then check the checkbox directly below "Target".  Type "_blank" (without quotes) in the "Target" textbox.  Add the address of the external URL on the "URL" tab and you are ready to go.

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How to open a new window from a page - internal link:

The method for opening a new window for an internal page is much the same as the method for the link to an external site. 

After adding the new page change the page type to "shortcut" and add the pagetitle and then check the checkbox directly below "Target".  Type "_blank" (without quotes) in the "Target" textbox.  Add the shortcut on the "Shortcut Tab" and you are ready to go.

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