Setting URL Actions to Open in a New Browser Tab

Published: 07 Feb 2017
Last Modified Date: 15 May 2018


How to set up URL actions so they will consistently open in a new browser tab.   


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Server


In Tableau Desktop, add

?linktarget=_blank (if there is only one parameter in the URL)


&linktarget=_blank (if there are multiple parameters in the URL)

to the end of the URL in the Edit URL Action window. 

Additional Information

The linktarget parameter has two values:
  • linktarget=_self, opens links in the same tab/window
  • linktarget=_blank, opens links in a new tab/window
  • linktarget=_parent, opens links in parent window (for embedded views)

Unlike other parameters which apply directly to the view being loaded ('embed=y', 'Category=Technology'), the linktarget parameter controls the behavior of all links WITHIN the view that parameter was appended to. 
So, a view opened using the URL 'http://host/views/workbook/view?embed=y&:linktarget=_self' will not necessarily open in the same view. Instead, all subsequent links from that view will open in the same tab/window.
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