We are trying to convert to the Salesforce lightning experience. One of the recent roadblocks is as simple as opening a new window or tab. The previously defined Java script button is now a lightning component used in a quick action. The need is to click a button, execute some validation and render a Visual force page as a PDF. When we use the Salesforce recommended "force:navigateToURL" the PDF is opened in the same window as the button originated. We would like to use a familiar 'window.open' but that is not recommended. If anyone has an idea how to open a new window\tab when a quick action button is clicked that would be great.

This is the component code we are currently trying to use:

var urlEvent = $A.get("e.force:navigateToURL");
"url": '/apex/RenderAsPDFVisualforce?Id=' + recordId,
"target": "_blank"
  • How did you achieve this ?
    – SFDC
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 12:32

2 Answers 2


That should work. You just need to call urlEvent.fire(); as well.

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    Lightning Experience, non-console app, opened in same tab/window, but worked for my use case. Thanks to OP and @Ryan Villamin! Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 17:52

If you are in a console app ( recommended ) , you can use lightning workspaceApi


Add the following line in your quickAction component

<lightning:workspaceAPI aura:id="workspace" />

Then you can request to open a new tab with your url

    var workspaceAPI = component.find("workspace");
        url: '/apex/RenderAsPDFVisualforce?Id=' + recordId,
        focus: true
    }).then(function(response) {
          // actions to do after opening tab if necessary
    }).catch(function(error) {

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