HTML <a> target Attribute

The target attribute on an <a> tag specifies where, in which tab or window, the linked page will open.

Example

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A target attribute on an <a> (anchor) tag.
The linked page will display in a new browser tab.

Go to Microsoft
Go to <a target="_blank"
         href="https://www.microsoft.com/">Microsoft</a>

Using target

The target attribute specifies where, in which tab or window, the linked page will open.

Linked pages can be opened in the same tab, a new tab, a new window, or an iframe.

If target is not set, the link opens in the same tab/window as the current page.

Note: The target attribute requires that href has a value.


Syntax

<a href="URL" target="_self | _blank | _parent | _top | framename" />

Values

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Value Description
_self Opens the page in the same tab/window. This is the default.
_blank Opens the page in a new tab.
_parent Opens the page in the parent iframe. In the same iframe if there is no parent.
_top Opens the page in the topmost part of the iframe. In the same iframe if there is no topmost.
framename Opens the page in a named iframe.

Browser support

Here is when target support started for each browser:

Chrome
1.0 Sep 2008
Firefox
1.0 Sep 2002
IE/Edge
1.0 Aug 1995
Opera
1.0 Jan 2006
Safari
1.0 Jan 2003

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