I am trying to open list item attachments in a new tab (when user clicks on an attachment in display form)

I am using this piece of jQuery/javascript in my custom display form to do that:

        $("table#idAttachmentsTable a").click(function (event) {
            var url=$(this).attr('href');
            window.open(url, '_blank');

Now when user clicks on the attachment, it opens in a new tab, but when you close that new tab and return to main tab, it still opens an attachment there (again).

What am I missing to stop it from doing this?

I've tried adding return false; at the end, but it doesn't change anything

  • Which SharePoint Version & Browser are you using?
    – Hardik
    May 16, 2016 at 12:08
  • It's a Sharepoint Online environment, I need this to work on IE, Chrome and Firefox, it doesn't work on any of these at the moment :/ @Hardik
    – Gintas K
    May 16, 2016 at 12:10

1 Answer 1


Just resolved my issue.

I referred to this question's answer and added

.attr('onclick', '')

This clears the onclick attribute in the html.

So my code now looks like this:

        $("table#idAttachmentsTable a").attr('onclick', '').click(function (event) {
            var url=$(this).attr('href');
            window.open(url, '_blank');
  • how would it be done for .PDF files / links only.??
    – Bucki
    Apr 11, 2018 at 14:57
  • Where did you put this piece of jQuery/javascript?
    – A.Miller
    Oct 26, 2018 at 15:39
  • @A.Miller inside the DispForm.aspx file, using SharePoint Designer
    – Gintas K
    Oct 29, 2018 at 9:09

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