Opening external source links on the same page. Why?

over 1 year ago from Jayant Rao, UX Designer / Co-Founder

  • Tori PughTori Pugh, over 1 year ago

    That's interesting, for me the expected action would be opening in a new window. I can always close accidental windows opened but sometimes opening in the same window screws up what I was doing.

    Is opening a new tab really that troublesome versus having your current window being redirected?

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    • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, over 1 year ago

      Like Lev said, practical UX would be for the external link to load in the same tab. And if you wanted to open in a new tab that would be up to the user to decide.

      What I think needs to be considered that hasn't been said, is we need to think like the end user (not as designers and developers and computer savvy people). So what would my mom expect to happen, and does my mom even know how to open a new tab? (No, your mom jokes please ;)

      Personally, I like external links to open in a new tab. But I can usually tell whether I want a keep the current page or not and use the ol' Cmd + Click action

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      • Tori PughTori Pugh, over 1 year ago

        Good point. That's kind of what I was thinking about, what the average user would do and what would be easier for them. I'd assume most non-tech users wouldn't be using Cmd + Click as an option and right-clicking a link is tedious. Classic case of different uses for different folks.

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