I'd like to have my datatable links open in a new sub tab when my users are using console navigation, but somehow they always open in a new tab.

Here's the column definition for the link field:

  { label: 'Name', fieldName: 'Link', type: 'url', 
typeAttributes: {label: { fieldName: 'Name'}, target: '_blank'}},

I considered using the WorkspaceAPI component:, but I don't see how I can catch the click event before the tab opens.

Does anyone have any ideas?

  • can you post code how currently open the tab? r u using oppenSubtab or openTab? – sdandamud1 Jun 26 '19 at 18:15
  • @sdandamud1 I'm not using any code -it's a built in lightning-datatable column type. I'll add it. – hgolov Jun 26 '19 at 18:22

You can use the target attribute inside typeAttributes , as part of the column definition for your data table. Here's an example of hyperlinking the Case Number column in a Case data table:

    label: 'Case Number', 
    fieldName: 'URL',
    type: 'url', 
    typeAttributes: { 
        label: {
            fieldName: 'CaseNumber'
        target: '_self'
    sortable: true 

Using _self as the target opens a new console tab when used in the context of a Console application. The default behavior opens a new browser tab.

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    Perfect, thanks! Is this documented anywhere? – hgolov Jun 26 '19 at 18:56
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    Not that I know of. I just figured it out by experiment, I'm afraid. – David Reed Jun 26 '19 at 18:56
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    @DavidReed thanks for your inputs. in the context of a console app: don't know if the behavior has changed since your answer, but when using "_self", a new browser tab opened and then the page displays as a console tab in the new browser page. to workaround this I've used "_parent" instead, which then works fine and opens the page directly in a console tab of current page – Shamina Jul 16 '19 at 10:40

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