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Creating and Editing External Links as Menu items (Joomla 3.x)

This procedure explains how to create menu items linking to external web sites using the Joomla! Content Management System (Joomla! 3.x). 


  • Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  • At the Joomla! Control Panel, click "Menu " (found under "Structure" to the left):

    Create Edit ExternalLinks
  • Click the name of the menu (found in the Title column) where the external link will be added (in most cases this will be "Main Menu").
  • Click the New icon in the upper left corner of the Menu : Menus page: New button
  • In the Menu : New Menu Item window, click the Select button: Select Button
  • A pop-up window will open. Click System Links (see #1 below), then select External URL(see #2 below):

    System Links: External URL

  • Enter a name for the link in the Menu Title field(see #1 below).
  • Enter the full web address (URL) of the external web site in the Link field(see #2 below).  The URL must contain the "http://" portion of the web address.
  • (Optional) If the external link should appear in a dropdown menu below an existing menu item, select that menu item from the Parent Item dropdown menu(see #3 below).
  • (Recommended) When creating an external URL link, change Target Window to "New Window With Navigation."  This keeps your site in the original browser window when a visitor clicks on the external link(see #4 below).

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  • Click Save & Close to the upper left: Save & Close

To change an existing external link:

  • Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  • At the Joomla! Control Panel, click "Menu " (found under "Structure" to the left):

    Create Edit ExternalLinks
  • Click the name of the menu (found in the Title column) containing the external link to be changed.
  • Click the menu item containing the external link to be changed.
  • Enter the updated web address (URL) of the external web site in the Link field.  The URL must contain the "http://" portion of the web address:

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  • Click Save & Close to the upper left: Save & Close

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