Target windows for links in Rise

Jan 24, 2017

I have created a course in Rise with some links to external websites. When you click on the link within the editing window the link website opens in a new target window. However, when you publish the course the link opens in the same window forcing the learner to use the back button every time they want to return to the course. Is there a way round this so all links open in new target windows?


51 Replies
Mike Olivieri

Hi Alena,

I apologize for the delay in getting this bug fixed. It turned out to be a bit more tricky than expected. We are actively working on it and I'll update this thread as soon as we have a solution in place. 

In the meantime, have you tried removing and recreating the link. The behavior is a currently a bit random, so doing so might work for you. 

Doug Brown

Hi Alena

I noted that in you examples the problem seemed to be where the link did not have any text after it.

I did a test and that seemed to be the issue:

Basically the problem seems to relate to the link being on the end of a line

The first link does not open new page and when inspecting the code

<a href="">Link:</a>

The second link has target  blank

<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Link:</a>
Alena Ayers

Hi Doug

Thanks for your response. Unfortunately adding a space after the link does not work and I do already have some links which are at the end of the line which ARE opening in target windows so I don't think this is the problem.

I tried removing the links and adding them again as per the suggestion by Michael. This worked for me but does not work for my colleague.

All of her links which are (http not https) which were initially launching in the existing window are now not launching at all! She has tried removing them and adding them again and they still don't open at all and it has no effect when she adds a space after the link.

Please can you investigate further.

Many thanks

Mike Del Re

I have the exact opposite need.  I need my external links to stay within the same web tab (window).  Instead, it's opening a new tab. 

Basically, I'm adding an external quiz run by learndash LMS so I can track completion on learndash.  The link works but opens a new page and I'm unable to hard code the link. 

Anyone know how to accomplish this?


So is there no way to make the links open over the existing content then?  I have a project I'm working on where I have labeled graphic and on one of the labels I have placed a URL of another section of the Rise content.  I want users to be able to click on that link and jump to that section, but so far it just opens it in a new tab and nothing I have tried to prevent this has worked at this point.  I do see where in other areas you can make a button that can do that, but not in the labeled graphic it seems.

Crystal Horn

Hi Vincent - yes, that's right.  URLs that you hyperlink in your Rise course will always open in a new browser tab.

Buttons are a great way to get from one place in Rise to another, but it sounds like you need to open that capability up in other areas.  I'll submit a feature request for you; if you have more ideas, you can do that here!