Inconsistent behaviour with “Open all external links in a new tab” option


This issue has been brought a few times already and I see some PR code fix were also submitted.
Maybe it has worked some times since the fixes.

But at the moment I still have inconsistencies with this “Open all external links in a new tab” option:

As I have this option activated, I expect any external link will open in a new tab.
I don’t have to think that in this or that context I should make a special click to open in a new tab as my regular left click should open all of them in a new tab.

That is how a full time “Open all external links in a new tab” user expects the site to work.

Reproduce the bug

First check “Open all external links in a new tab” option in your interface settings and save.



Thanks for the report @jesus2099, it looks like this could be related to our recent click tracking changes. We will look into it


This should be fixed in FIX: Respect "open external links in new window" in quotes and edit h… · discourse/discourse@ca9fd95 · GitHub, thanks for the report.


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