adding links to open in new window??

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When adding a link to a site, how do you make it so that the link opens in a new window on the viewers computer so that my site is not lost?
Regards Mark
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Richard Scott

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Sorry I’m not sure what you mean, don’t you have links at the top or at the side of your site which take people to the other pages on the site? Maybe a link would be helpful so we can see what’s needed.

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Hi mark woolley,

It is possible to have a link on your website open in a new window, but it means that you need to do a little HTML editing in your Sitebuilder using your Text Widget.

Here are the steps:

1. Add text using the Text Widget.
2. Select the text that you would like to be the link and then click on the "Link" button (looks like a chain link with the word "Link" beside it) on the Text Editing Toolbar.
3. Create your link to your chosen URL through the Link Editor. Click "OK".
4. Then click "HTML" - the last button on the Text Editing Toolbar.
5. You'll see the code that looks like this for your link - I have used the text "Visit Wikipedia to see more information", with the link being to Wikipedia:

Visit Wikipedia to see more information
All you need to do is add in target="blank" as shown below:

Visit Wikipedia to see more information
It is worth noting that many usability experts advise against links that open a in a new window. It can come as a surprise if your user is not expecting it, and basically disables the "back" button for your visitor's browser when they land on the new page. That's just something to keep in mind when you're designing your site.

I hope that answers your question!

- Justine