How can I add a link to the sidebar component that opens a VF page in a new page? I have created a custom page component and a custom link like apex/myPageName but it does not work.

  • I guess it should be /apex/pagename .Please recheck your URL link. Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 13:20

2 Answers 2


When creating your Link you can pick the Visualforce page source like so...

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Then assign the Link to a component...

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And finally to the layout...

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My page shows in the sidebar like so and popups up in a new window...

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Like so...

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My page source is this, note I've removed the sidebar and header...

<apex:page sidebar="false" showHeader="false" >
  <!-- Begin Default Content REMOVE THIS -->
  This is your new Page shown via the Sidebar
  <!-- End Default Content REMOVE THIS -->
  • Is there any way to have multiple options under "My Sidebar Pages", which in turn do different things when clicked based on the contents of your VF page? Or do I have to create a separate VF page for each link?
    – JWiley
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:02

Specify your full URL (eg https://na1.salesforce.com/apex/pagename) for the link.

It's nice to put that prefix in a custom setting so it'll work in sandboxes, after a move, etc.

And as always, verify permissions on the page.

  • It's even nicer to specify the prefix without the hardcoded instance ;) Relative url like "/apex/pagename" ;)
    – eyescream
    Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 13:16
  • Agreed with eyescream Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 13:19

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