I'm on d7. I have two content types on my site, "link" and "Article". The link content type contains a link field from the link module that users enter a link to another site in to. I have the "link" content type referenced (thanks to the entity reference module) in my "article" content type and I would like for the link, when clicked, to open the referring page (offsite) in a new tab/window. How can I do this?? Any suggestions? Thanks.


You can configure a link field to open in a new window.

About halfway down the edit page for your link field, you'll see 'Link Target,' and that's where you set it.


Have you tried to add a simple jQuery script that adds "target='_blank' to the link field?

For example, if your link field ID is "field_link_und_0" (search it in the HTML source), in the node-XYZ.tpl.php template file you can add the following code.


This is the real stuff:

just make this function in your template.php. It comes from file.module:

function **yourtheme**_file_link($variables) {

  $file = $variables['file'];
  $icon_directory = $variables['icon_directory'];

  $url = file_create_url($file->uri);
  $icon = theme('file_icon', array('file' => $file, 'icon_directory' => $icon_directory));

  // Set options as per anchor format described at
  // http://microformats.org/wiki/file-format-examples
  $options = array(
      'attributes' => array(
          'type' => $file->filemime . '; length=' . $file->filesize,
          'target' => '_blank',

  // Use the description as the link text if available.
  if (empty($file->description)) {
    $link_text = $file->filename;
  else {
    $link_text = $file->description;
    $options['attributes']['title'] = check_plain($file->filename);

  return '<span class="file">' . $icon . ' ' . l($link_text, $url, $options) . '</span>';

I think there were two questions in one.

  1. How to open the offsite URL in the referred node (Link) directly from the referring node (Article). For that, use the Link Replace Filter module.
  2. How to open an offsite URL in a new browser tab — the easiest is to use for that is the External Link module.

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