Best Practices

10 Links: New Tabs/Windows

The default setting for links in Pressbooks is that they not open in a new window or tab. This is the preferred behavior, since a new window, opening unexpectedly, can be disorienting for people. This is especially true for individuals who have difficulty perceiving visual content.[1]

However, if a link must open in a new window or tab, the best practice is to include a textual reference.[2]

ExampleAffordable Learning at Cleveland State University [New Tab] is available online.

Pressbooks allows you to edit whether or not a link opens in a new tab. Here is how:

Click on the link and select the PENCIL icon (edit).

  • Select the GEAR icon (link options).
  • Check (or uncheck) the “Open link in a new tab” box. Click “Save” or “Add Link.”

  1. "G200: Opening new windows and tabs from a link only when necessary," accessed October 23, 2023, W3C,
  2. Penn State, "Links on a Web Page," Accessibility, accessed October 23, 2023,


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