How to open external menu links in a new tab with WordPress ?

When  creating a menu with WordPress, you can decide that a menu item links to an external page by adding a Custom Link.

custom link in wordpress menu

You can change the target of this link, so that it opens in a new browser tab. For that you need to check an option located below the Navigation label field of the menu item and named "Open link in a new tab", as illustrated in the following screenshot.

open link in a new tab

If this option is not visible, it means that it's not enabled in the menu screen option. Simply follow those steps to activate the option :

  1. Click on the Screen Options link in the top right corner of the menu admin screen.

    WordPress menu screen options

  2. Check the "Link Target" option : this will reveal the "Open link in a new tab" option.

    WordPress menu link target option