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Open in a New Tab

Default behavior of browsers is to open a link in the current tab. Checking the box for “Open link in a new tab” breaks the default behavior of the browser.

In addition, it breaks the back button, which is one of the top 10 functions used in a browser.

Screen Readers

Screen readers don’t always let users know that the page has opened into a new tab.

Best Practice

It is best not to use this feature although it will not show you an accessibility error. It would be considered a usability issue.


There is one instance where opening in a new tab is helpful, when users need to gather information or transfer information from one webpage to another. Being able to go back and forth between the 2 tabs would be convenient.

Letting users know they are opening a new tab would be the best practice if you must open the link in a new tab.

How to remove “Open link in a new tab”

  1. Edit link by selecting the pencil icon on the selected link.
  2. Select the cog for “Link options.”
  3. Deselect the checkbox for “Open link in a new tab.”
  4. Select the Update button.

Watch video for steps to remove “Open link in a new tab”

Remove “Open link in a new tab”