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101 SharePoint Usability Tips: #31

Internal vs External Links

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 9/2/2012

I​nternal links are essentially the site’s navigation; they just take you to another page or location on the site. When a user clicks on these links it should never open a new tab or window (one exception being a pop-up like feature such as when you click on a list item in SharePoint 2010). External links are links that take you somewhere outside of the current website, and these should always open a new tab or window. Treating these links differently will help your users clearly identify whether they have left your site or not.

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More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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