Is it possible to choose how you want an external link to open? In a new tab or new window?

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Not only from images but also from link copy.
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Hi! Great question. You can change the way an external link opens - in a new tab/window or in the same window as your mailing (if they are viewing it online) - by adding a bit of HTML code to your content.

If you set the target attribute to "_blank", the link will open in a new browser window/tab. For example: Visit YourDomain.com!

However, keep in mind that it’s the user who controls how their browser handles opening a link with a target attribute. They set this in the preferences of the browser they use.
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For clarification, the code would look something like
<a href="http://domain.com" target="_blank">Link Text</a>

I think the question is can this be added via the drag n drop editor? When I go to create a hyperlink or link an image, I don't see any option for this.
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I have the same question - did anyone get an answer from Emma about this?  Thanks.
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Hi there! Mary's spot-on in her response above. :) You can tweak the HTML to suggest to your recipients' browsers how they should handle the link.
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Thanks Katie!  Not the best tech savvy person here - this is why we love Emma.  Can you give me step by step to make this happen?  Thanks.
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doing the happy dance!  Thanks.
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Sure! You'll want to be comfortable editing HTML to do this, however. Here are the steps:

  1. In the editor, click inside a text box to open the formatting toolbar.
  2. Click the button that looks like this -- </> -- to open the HTML behind that text box.
  3. Your link's code should look like this -- <a href="ADDRESS" target="_blank">TEXT</a> -- where that target is what tells the browser how to open the link.
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Opening link in a new tab/window should be standard, not an HTML tweak.
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Hi Videofied! I'm forking your post out to a new Idea conversation. I'll run this Idea by our Product Team and update the status to let you know our plans.

Please reference the new conversation here: External links should default to open in a new tab or window.