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HTML target Attribute


Definition and Usage

For <a> and <area> elements, the target attribute specifies where to open the linked document.

For <base> elements, the target attribute specifies the default target for all hyperlinks and forms in the page.

For <form> elements, the target attribute specifies a name or a keyword that indicates where to display the response that is received after submitting the form.


Applies to

The target attribute can be used on the following elements:

Elements Attribute
<a> src
<area> src
<base> src
<form> src

Examples

A Example

The target attribute specifies where to open the linked document:

<a href="https://www.w3schools.com" target="_blank">Visit W3Schools</a>
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Area Example

An image map, with clickable areas, and a target attribute:

<img src="planets.gif" width="145" height="126" alt="Planets"
usemap="#planetmap">

<map name="planetmap">
  <area shape="rect" coords="0,0,82,126" href="sun.htm" alt="Sun"
target="_blank">
  <area shape="circle" coords="90,58,3" href="mercur.htm" alt="Mercury">
  <area shape="circle" coords="124,58,8" href="venus.htm" alt="Venus">
</map>
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Base Example

Specify a default target for all hyperlinks and forms on a page:

<head>
<base target="_blank">
</head>
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Form Example

Display the response received in a new window or tab:

<form action="/action_page.php" method="get" target="_blank">
  First name: <input type="text" name="fname"><br>
  Last name: <input type="text" name="lname"><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>
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Browser Support

The target attribute has the following browser support for each element:

Element
a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
area Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
base Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes