IE 4 - Target=blank force browser to open full screen

Posted on 1998-09-18
Last Modified: 2008-03-03
When targeting a new window with the following:
<A href="page.htm" target="_blank">Click here</a>

Is there a way to force the browser to open maximized>
Question by:dejthor
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Expert Comment

ID: 1837937
It can be done, if the user's browser supports JavaScript,
and the user has not disabled JavaScript.

Accepted Solution

jbirk earned 50 total points
ID: 1837938
Yes, with Javascript you would use something like this:
<A href="javascript:void(0); onClick="'page.htm','new_win','fullscreen,status,buttons,location');" >Click here</a>
That will open it into fullscreen mode and will only do this for IE 4.  If you want it to be maximized you can't truly 'maximize' it but you can make it's size the size of the screen, assuming that the user has netscape 4+ or IE 4+.  That would look something like this:
<A href="javascript:void(0); onClick="max_open();">Click here</a>
<SCRIPT language="JavaScript1.2">
<!-- cloak
if (x<=640) //640X480 screen'page.htm','new_win',width=640,height=480,status,buttons,location');
else if (x<=800) //800X600 screen'page.htm','new_win',width=800,height=600,status,buttons,location');
else if (x<=1024) //1024X768 screen'page.htm','new_win',width=1024,height=768,status,buttons,location');
//and any other resolutions I missed??
// decloak -->

Hope this is helpful,

Author Comment

ID: 1837939
When using the following:
<A href="javascript:void(0); onClick="'page.htm','new_win','fullscreen,status,buttons,location');"

Two undesired results. First, while in full screen mode, there are no toolbars. Second, the frame that contains the href canges from a list hyperlinks to [object].

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Expert Comment

ID: 1837940
OK, well the second problem was a simple caused because I missed a quote.  It should be:
<A href="javascript:void(0);" onClick="'fullscreen.html','new_win','fullscreen,status,toolbar,location');">New fullscreen window</A>
Notice the quote after javascript:void(0);

The first problem I can't do anything about because apparently IE's fullscreen mode overrides any other requests for window features.  So basically there's nothing you can do about it if you want fullscreen mode.

You can always use something like this which will increase the window to the size of the screen and move it to starting in the upper left: (4+ browsers only)
<A HREF="javascript: if (window.resizeTo) window.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight); if (window.moveTo) window.moveTo(0,0);">Fullscreen me</A>
That basically maximizes the current window. and doing this:
<BR><A href="javascript:void(0);" onClick="'fullscreen.html','new_win','status,toolbar,resizable,location,scrollbars'); if (window.resizeTo) new_win.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight); if (window.moveTo) new_win.moveTo(0,0);">new fullscreen window</A>
would open a new maximized window.

Note that the above two methods work like a charm in IE 4, but not quite as well N 4.  In netscape, it makes the window bigger than the available space, even though that is what we told it to use.


Author Comment

ID: 1837941
OK using the following:
<A href="javascript:void(0);" onclick="'../rosters/rosterall.htm','new_win','status,toolbar,resizable,location,scrollbars'); if (window.resizeTo) new_win.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight); if (window.moveTo) new_win.moveTo(0,0)" onmouseover=rollon(); onmouseout=rolloff(); border = 0><SPAN class =Item>All Teams</SPAN></A>

Generates an error: new_win is undefined.

Expert Comment

ID: 1837942
You missed some of it in your copy paste.  Look above, I posted this:
<BR><A href="javascript:void(0);"
onClick="'fullscreen.html','new_win','status,toolbar,resizable,location,scrollbars'); if (window.resizeTo) new_win.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight); if (window.moveTo) new_win.moveTo(0,0);">new fullscreen window</A>

You left out the part that defines new_win at the beginning of the onClick action


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