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    300 comments  ·  Sites and Collaboration » Modern Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    In modern pages, we open links within SharePoint in the same tab by default, and external links in a new tab. In the text web part, users can specify to open links in a new tab, but that isn’t the default behavior. Similarly, for navigation links, they follow the same rule (within SharePoint, same tab, external to SharePoint in a new tab). This is true of the modern web parts that support linking as well (hero, quick links, images, etc.) This is the pattern we’ve adopted for consistency.

    After reviewing other areas of modern sites, like the site pages library, document libraries, lists, site contents, etc. we did find some different opening behaviors which we’ll review and resolve.

    Can you help us understand if this pattern isn’t meeting your expectation, if we have some inconsistencies within modern pages we’ve missed, or if it’s the other areas of modern sites where…

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    Angela Ashby commented  · 

    Wholehearted support for this issue.

    At present, forcing users to open external links in a new tab goes against the WCAG 2.1 AAA standard ( - by 'standardising', you are disadvantaging disabled users. Your design is *not* putting accessibility first, as recently asserted by a Microsoft employee at the Kent Digital Accessibility Conference, and it is one step away from being illegal.

    Please change this link behaviour to be a default, rather than the only option. As stated below, site owners need the ability to choose where their links open to better address the needs of their users.

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