Open multiple links / windows in a single click

A reader asked if she can make a navigation tab open more than one link when clicked. The answer is YES it can be done, with the help from a small Javascript.

(Now if you came here looking for a way YOU can open multiple links on pages you visit, try Snap Links, a  Firefox addon.)

multiple links

First let’s look at an HTML code for a regular anchor tag <a>:

<a href="YOUR_URL" target="_blank">Link text</a>

When clicked, this code will open YOUR_URL in a new window/tab.

To add another link, just add the code below before the closing bracket “>” in the opening tag:

onclick="window.open(&quot;YOUR_2nd_URL&quot;);"

It will open YOUR_2nd_URL in a second new window/tab. To add more links, simply add more window.open(); before the closing quotation mark.

So if you were to open three links, your anchor will look like this:

<a href="YOUR_URL" target="_blank" onclick="window.open(&quot;&quot;YOUR_2nd_URL&quot;&quot;); window.open(&quot;&quot;YOUR_3rd_URL&quot;&quot;);">Link text</a>

This is an example of an anchor that opens three links (in three windows or tabs) in a single click:

<a href="http://bloggersentral.blogspot.com/" target="_blank" onclick="window.open(&quot;http://www.tourism.gov.my/&quot;); window.open(&quot;http://www.tic.kelantan.gov.my/&quot;);">This anchor opens three links in a single click</a>

Now see the code in action, click on it and see what happens.

This anchor opens three links in a single click

Before you apply this new trick, do take into account your readers’ would be reactions. Unless forewarned, I personally would feel tricked if say three windows/tabs pop up when I click something.

Enjoy!

54 comments to "Open multiple links / windows in a single click"

juk November 21, 2009 at 3:10 PM    

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Termite information December 2, 2009 at 8:33 PM    

I've been trying to find an answer to this but I'm not sure how to word it correctly. What I'm trying to do is highlight a group of links and then have the set of links open in new tabs.

Thanks for the info! I am looking for this.glad to see your post!

Greenlava December 3, 2009 at 7:42 PM    

Termite information,
I think FireFox have an addon specially for that. Try seacrh for it.

Logo Designs,
You're welcome

Canada provinces December 18, 2009 at 12:08 AM    

So, on Column A I have multiple URLs. How do I open all of them at the same time? Without having to click on each and every single URL. Thanks.

Greenlava December 18, 2009 at 12:14 AM    

Canada provinces,
Try Snap Links FireFox addon.

Ozone depletion January 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM    

Brilliant. Simple. Insanely useful. Add this to yesterday's sweet Tab Scope and you've just given Firefox two big kicks in the productivity pants. Snap Links is free

zahid June 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM    

Perfect . I just found what i wanted to do ;) . Keep going towards success ...

Greenlava June 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM    

@zahid
Thanks for the encouraging words :)

seema October 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM    

Good One..............

johnnieq December 16, 2010 at 7:06 AM    

Pretty neat script. I tried the "This anchor opens three links in a single click" and it works great. I do not want the shortcut on a web page, I'd like it on my desktop. Is there a way to do this? I tried saving the link to my Desktop and running it, but it only opens the first site.

Greenlava December 16, 2010 at 1:39 PM    

@johnnieq
There a simple trick for this -use bookmarks.
You store those links in one bookmark folder. To open all of them at once, Ctrl+Click the folder and voila!

beads February 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM    

This is a great post it was very informative. I look forward in reading more of your work. Also, I made sure to bookmark your website so I can come back later. I enjoyed every moment of reading it

Greenlava February 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM    

@beads
Glad you've enjoyed it. There are a lot more tutorials here, you can easily find them using the search bar.

old_trafford February 23, 2011 at 5:52 AM    

Hi Admin, I try this code..but just 1 link open when i click.How to open three link with 1 link.can you help .

old_trafford February 23, 2011 at 6:17 AM    

hi admin i succesful for this trick.. this trick done when view in publish.. cannot work when in preview in draf..tq for this..

cd April 24, 2011 at 1:09 PM    

need help, i wan to make a pictures as link, after that if people click it, will open multiple links,

Greenlava April 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM    

@cd
Replace the Link Text with your picture source, i.e replace
"This anchor opens three links in a single click"
with:
[img src="PUT YOUR PICTURE URL HERE"]

Anonymous,  July 28, 2011 at 5:31 AM    

very good , but i Need to open them in the same window and in tabs,help

Greenlava July 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM    

@Anonymous
Whether they open in new windows or tabs depend on your browser setting.

mixse August 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM    

ok thanks for great post.i got it.its working now

dann,  August 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM    

hi is there a way to open this three webpage in an single page

Greenlava August 21, 2011 at 1:58 AM    

@danne.
I'm afraid that's not possible :(

Anonymous,  September 6, 2011 at 10:08 PM    

ok thanks for great post.i got it.its working now

Ifat November 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM    

thanks for this trick :)

Titanic Facts November 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM    

that's cool, really cool! I've never thought about this one. Now I can use it to use it on my blog to open more than one related site. thanks!!!!!!

ARS November 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM    

can i use it on frame?

sulthan December 24, 2011 at 2:43 AM    

salaam [ peace be upon you ]

superb.. tricks

Muhd Firdaus January 15, 2012 at 9:35 PM    

hi greenlava, can i know how to separate that onclick javascript with html alink? tq

Greenlava January 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM    

@Muhd Firdaus
Sorry but I don't quite get what you mean. Could you clarify?

Dieyna February 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM    

Thanks... It's working... Thanks a lot again...

Rahul Kashyap March 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM    

thanks good work

Virtual Books Library March 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM    

Thanks !

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rezki May 12, 2012 at 2:30 AM    

great code. it will help me to boost my page view blog. thanks bro

Anonymous,  May 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM    

very useful stuff.

lemonadeflirt May 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM    

hi greenlava i tried to put that html in blogger post but when i save it and click on it, it only opens a single window and when i tried to edit it again all html was gone rather than

href="http://bloggersentral.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">This anchor opens three links in a single click

please help

Greenlava May 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM    

@lemonadeflirt
The trick is to never switch to Compose mode after you put in the code.

Harfiz August 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM    

Nice one bro!

Are you Malaysian?
demo ore kelate ko? :D

Greenlava August 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM    

@Harfiz
Ho ore Kelate :)

cosmetic surgeon las vegas September 8, 2012 at 12:48 AM    

It's working on my firefox....post some scripts like this one !!!

WpShouter September 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM    

I badly need this for one of my projects. I'm so glad that i found it. Tnx mate for this :)

igedenurhadi.net September 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM    

thank for sharing, it's work for me

BonusChamp.com September 24, 2012 at 7:26 AM    

Thank you sir!

Anonymous,  October 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM    

good job

abhishek November 19, 2012 at 1:22 AM    

thank you sir i was searching for it .........

Indian Web Hosting November 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM    

Lots of days. I searching for open many urls in single link. Finally i got it from your help through this post. Thnk you sir...!

Anne ( USA ) February 7, 2013 at 2:03 AM    

Nice share, good information about hyperlinks.

Breaking News March 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM    

Normally i used urlopener.com or fur.ly.Both of these website are working perfect for me. Thanks for sharing your information too. :)

Edgar,  April 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM    

AWESOME Trick... question.. is there a way to make it so it works as a link? versus clicking on the text link..

for example I want to create a URL so when they click on it, it opens all 3 links on new window/tabs?

Vietnam Booking Tours April 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM    

Hi all.
if i want visitor click anything it will open new window on brower.
How do to do ?

Greenlava April 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM    

@Vietnam Booking Tours
Add a base tag in the head section of your template. Read about it here:
Opening a link in new window or tab

vikas May 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM    

nice work dude..keep posting..

vikas July 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM    

Thanks so much ,i was searching this trick for a very long time,i got it here,Thanks so much again.God bless you

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