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No option to open external links in a new tab/window

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Links

My Confluence version: 6.0.0

Why is there no support for allowing external links to open in a new tab or window in Confluence Cloud?

This seems like such a basic request and I've tried suggestions in a few articles but they all seem to be geared towards the server-based versions of Confluence.

Am I missing something?

4 answers

  1. Cannot add basic create issue button in confluence page 
  2. Cannot open links in new tab window
  3. Cannot use Confluence - moving on.

Honestly not sure why you guys launched this tool, it's not ready for prime time. 


I can do all of those things, so I'm not sure where you are stuck.

  1.  Ok, you can't do it as a button on Cloud.  I think.  As mostly a "server" user, I can do it with a simple user macro, but those aren't available to Cloud.  But, highlighting lines and using "create JIRA issues from this selection" works on Cloud and Server, so it's not that far away
  2. Have you tried right-click-T ?
  3. Mmm, you'll probably struggle with other software as well then

It's not offered in Cloud functionality yet.  Cloud is in many ways beta while we wait for the third party folks to update their add-ons.  It's not doable, not a lack of understanding on my part, wish it was.

That and the inability to open links in a new window are the most annoying, but not only annoying issues in Confluence Cloud.

Sorry, what isn't "offered in Cloud"?  Again, no, there's no "button to create", I know that, but Cloud had "highlight and create" before Server Confluence did and you've always been able to use right-click-T as well.

I want to add the JIRA create button to a Confluence screen so that non-technical team members can easily add new tickets to JIRA.  I don't want right click T as that assume that the features exist.


Really, really basic.  I can copy a link for a filtered JIRA list into confluence, but there is not way to add the Create New Issue Button or to create a custom link that opens a new ticket in a specific JIRA project.


Right-click-T is for "open in new tab/window", pretty standard in browsers.  Remember that there's a very good reason that you don't do it by default for most links - it should be used very rarely, or your users will rapidly come to hate the system.

You can embed any link you want in a Confluence page, including ones with a target="_blank" which will pull up a new tab, and you can pre-populate JIRA issues with some simple tricks.  What you can't do is wrap it into a simple user macro on Cloud (you don't have access to those on Cloud, only server).  I'd also recommend taking a look at the JIRA macros in Confluence, as well as the JIRA issue collector functions, they might help you with this as well.

Now the latest update has taken away the Browser right-click in favor of a custom right-click that doesn't have "open in new tab". this is incredibly annoying and adds a couple extra clicks to do this! Please add "open in new tab" to the custom right-click menu

Ok, I'd raise that as a bug with Atlassian support as it sounds like they've decided to implement their own (broken) right-click menus.

Hi Atlassian,

We want all links to open in a new tab, window. Please support for us.
My Confluence 6.0.0-OD-2016.12.2-1113.

Thanks so much,


I would really love it if someone from Atlassian would help with his. At least make it configurable!

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