When I add a custom button for use in lightning and set the Behavior to 'Display in New Window', I was expecting it to open in a new tab/window. But when I click it it opens in the current window. This happens for both VisualForce and ULR content sources. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Hey Ralph, your contributions here are great, but I don't think tagging posts with wtf is appropriate. Please refrain from using this tag moving forward. It doesn't add any new information to the post nor make it more searchable.
    – Adrian Larson
    Oct 26, 2017 at 13:33
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    @AdrianLarson :( let's be honest salesforce does a lot of crazy stuff, and frankly some issues deserve this flag, and i would actually think if i were a PM at salesforce i'd this flag useful to understand when they're doing really dumb stuff. yes, i'll discontinue, but i whole heartedly disagree that this is inappropriate Nov 7, 2017 at 17:33
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    and i would contend that the sledge hammer approach salesforce has taken with lightning that often ignores the existing settings made by administrators deserves this sort of wtf call out. i'm not saying descend into the maelstrom of frustration of the idea exchange, but a tag ... this feels like a very restrained and reasonable expression of frustration with salesforce's roadmap planning and inability to fix rather basic bugs Nov 7, 2017 at 17:36

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No, it's a known issue. Until it's fixed you'll need to try alternative routes.

Custom Buttons for VisualForce pages set to "Display in New Window" should open in a New Window

Summary [Lightning Experience] Custom Buttons for VisualForce pages set to "Display in New Window" open within the same tab. Expected: The custom button for a VisualForce page should open in a new window.

Repro This can be repro in any object detail page in Lightning Experience. Here I use Opp as an example.

  1. Create a Custom Button in an Opp to a VisualForce page and set its behavior to display in a new window
  2. Add the Custom Button to the Object Page Layout
  3. Open an opportunity record in SFX and click on DETAILS
  4. Find the custom button you created (should be in the page level actions bar/drop-down) and click on it.

Workaround n/a

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    Still not fixed. :-(
    – Foo Bar
    Sep 29, 2022 at 20:24

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