Is there a way to have the view link on manage posts page to open in a new window or tab?

Hi I am trying to figure out on how to get the “view” link on the manage posts / custom post types and pages to open in a new tab or window.

A screenshot of what I am talking about.

I know it is probably possible to do via the functions.php file of the theme and would much rather go that route than using a plugin.

Any help with this would be appreciated. Thank you. 🙂

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Late answer

WP core offers a function for that case, that makes it much easier and future proof: Simply map it on each item.

Wrapped up in a plugin

Best used as mu-plugin.

/* Plugin Name: (#32093) »kaiser« Open "action"-links in post type list screens in new windows/tabs */

function wpse32093_link_target_blank( $actions, $post )
    return array_map( 'links_add_target', $actions );
// Add to each post type
foreach ( array( 'post', 'page' ) as $post_type )
    add_action( "{$post_type}_row_actions", 'wpse32093_link_target_blank', 20, 2 );

The plugin is tested and works seamlessly. You can adjust the post types where you want to have it active in the array inside the foreach loop.

Plugin Name: [Editor] Popup View
Author URI:
Description: Opens View link in new windows for in posts and pages manager.
Author: EarnestoDev
Version: 5.U.B
Author URI:
// ----------------------------------------------------------------- //
function popup_view_row_action($actions, $post){
    // Walk array with value references for easy changing
    if(is_array($actions)) foreach($actions as $key => &$value){
        // For the right row_action
        if(($key === 'view') and is_string($value)){
            // Add the target="_blank" in the A tag's attributes
            $value = preg_replace('~<a[\s]+~i', '<a target="_blank" ', $value);
    return $actions;
// ----------------------------------------------------------------- //
// Hooks both hierarchical and non-hierarchical
add_action('page_row_actions', 'popup_view_row_action', 11, 2);
add_action('post_row_actions', 'popup_view_row_action', 11, 2);
// ----------------------------------------------------------------- //

Place in a file here /wp-contents/mu-plugins/popup-view-action.php or here /wp-contents/plugins/pupup-view-action.php and then activate.