Ever notice that when you go to add an external link page in DotNetNuke that there is no option for it to open in a new window? Well I have two methods that you can go about to get this working on your DNN site. The first, not for the faint of heart, involves a little database work. The second is a quick Javascript fix.

The first method involves tricking DNN’s Tab table to thinking your URL link is something a little bit different.

  • Open up the Tabs Table in your favorite SQL Editor
  • Look for the URL field of the external link you wish to open in a new window.
  • You may see something like:
  • You want to make it:” target=”_blank

Once you save restart the application in the Host -> Host Settings page and view your link you should be good to go!

The second method is a bit easier however it does use Javascript instead of a normal link.

  • In the external Link field on your DNN Page Settings you will see something like:
  • Change it to be: javascript:void(‘’))

And save.

A little DNN hacking never hurt anyone.

But it makes you wonder why they do not have this option implemented. And why they don’t validate external URLs when you add them.

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  • swetha

    hi jim i want to know the location of pages in dnn and i need to transfer the pages from system to system can u help me in that

  • Rich Hosek

    Had a problem with filtering something that was “double escaped,” so I changed the single quotes in the javascript example to double quotes and it works fine. Thanks!

  • Swwalsh1981

    hey, if you are like our organization, we have many users who are not going to type that in each time they have to open a link in a new window… they will either forget, type it wrong, etc as they are not techy. For those who want a pretty easy way to do this and have access to your DNN installation… then open up the skin you are usoing  … and at the bottom put this block of code:

    $(function () {        $(‘a:not([href=""])’).each(function () {            if (this.hostname !== location.hostname) {                $(this).addClass(‘externalLink’).attr(‘target’, “_blank”);            }        });    });

    what this does is any EXTERNAL link it will add the target=”_blank” into any links on your page … and as well a class called externalLink so you can make a CSS entry and change stuff around. give it a shot…

  • Swwalsh1981

    i vactually made a mistake in that code. in DNN 6 it uses the popups, so you need to avoid the javascript as well… so this works:

        $(function () {        $(‘a:not([href=""]), a:not([href="javascript"])’).each(function () {            if (this.hostname !== location.hostname) {                $(this).attr(‘target’, “_blank”);            }        });    });

  • Dcalexander


    Tried the 2nd option, not successful.   What is the Tabs Table?  My SQL Editor only browses my computer for a file…

  • Patreddy

    Thanks man, the sql solution worked perfectly.  Rant he query from the SQL module under Host menu.

  • Ahmed Hashem

    Thanks for your great post, It saved me time. :)
    Second method works with me but using double quotes.