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URL Links in Confluence Not Opening New Browser Tab

Up until about a month ago, when I created a new URL link in Confluence and then clicked on it later, it would open a new tab in my browser. This is the preferred behavior.


About a month ago, this default behavior changed.  Now when I click the link, it opens up in the same tab confluence is in.  This is annoying.


How do I go back to the old behavior?


To be clear, I am not an admin, just a user. I don't know what changed...whether we had an upgrade or moved from on-site to the cloud or who knows.

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Hi @MrMagooAZ Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

Currently this is an ongoing feature request on Confluence Cloud -

I will recommend voting for it and watch it for future updates.

Users can use the following to open links in a new tab:

  • CTRL+Left Click (Windows) or CMD+Left Click (macOS)
  • Right click > Open in a new tab

Looks like that feature request is closed and the developers are telling us to go pound sand.  

Voting seems to be disabled.


NVM.  I was able to vote for it.

Like Kishan Sharma likes this

Dude, thank you, you helped me solve my problem

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Since this request appears to be more than 5 years old, I would not hold your breath. But I am hopeful we will see this functionality fixed/added before the end of the decade.

Kishan Sharma Community Leader Sep 22, 2021

Yes hope so, I am sure many customers are waiting for this :)

I mean... we are mostly developers here, and understand how EASY it would be to give us this option.  I could literally code this myself in 15 minutes max.  It is desired functionality for documents that contain many links... 

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