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Onblur and Onfocus

Posted on 1999-07-19
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
How can I close automatically a window which has been
opened with open.window ?
Question by:us111
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Expert Comment

ID: 1289595
open.window is Microsoft's Jscript if I remember correctly.

when you open the window in JavaScript the return value from is the new window, which you then can manipulate.  make sure you keep that return value by assigning it to a variable.  e.g:

myWindow = ... );

then you can simply do:


you mention onblur() and onfocus(), when is it you want the close to trigger?

Author Comment

ID: 1289596
Do you know how this works ?

window.onblur=handler-func  defining the handler directly
window.onblur();  an explicit invocation of the handler

In fact, I wish to open a new window (y) with and then
when I click into the main window (x), the window (y) closes itself

Accepted Solution

nettrom earned 80 total points
ID: 1289597
ah... :)

<script type="text/javascript">
var myWindow;

function openWindow(myURL) {
  if(myWindow && !myWindow.closed) {
    myWindow.location = myURL;
  } else {
    myWindow ='myURL', 'my_window');
return false;

function closeWindow() {
  if(myWindow && !myWindow.closed) {

call the script by:

<a href="link_for_those_without_javascript.html"
  onclick="return openWindow('my_url.html');">link text</a>

and then use either:

window.onfocus = closeWindow;


<body onfocus="closeWindow()">

the onfocus-attribute to BODY doesn't validate as HTML 4.0 so if you want it to validate you'll have to use your own custom DTD and a DOCTYPE that points to it (but it works in both IE4/5 & Netscape 4.x).

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