Javascript New Window and Focus

Posted on 2002-06-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I want to be able to open a second window when I click on a link and have the second window take the focus. (usually happens by default)

When the user returns to the first window without closing the second and clicks on another link, I want that link to open in the second window and take the focus.

I can do all of this except for the second window taking the focus when the second link is clicked.

Here's what I've got right now:


<P><A HREF="firstpage.html" TARGET="myWindow">First Page</A></P>
<P><A HREF="secondpage.html" TARGET="myWindow">Second Page</A></P>
Question by:bhlang
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Expert Comment

ID: 7084181
there are two ways to do it ...
in both firstpage.htm and secondpage.htm, do this:

<BODY onLoad='self.focus();'>
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Expert Comment

ID: 7084188
the second way is to try to do it in the link:

<P><A HREF="firstpage.html" TARGET="myWindow"
   onClick=';return false;'>First Page</A></P>
<P><A HREF="secondpage.html" TARGET="myWindow"
   onClick=';return false;>Second Page</A></P>

Author Comment

ID: 7084189
That wshuld work fine in most cases. I should have mentioned that firstpage.html and secondpage.html MAY be PDF documents instead of HTML documents. What would I use on those when the Acrobat plug in is set to open the documents in the browser instead of in the application?
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Accepted Solution

knightEknight earned 100 total points
ID: 7084196
oops, forgot the target:

<P><A HREF="firstpage.html" TARGET="myWindow"
  onClick=',;return false;'>First Page</A></P>

<P><A HREF="secondpage.html" TARGET="myWindow"
  onClick=',;return false;'>Second Page</A></P>

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Expert Comment

ID: 7084198
ok, if they are PDFs, then try the method above instead.

Author Comment

ID: 7089900
It worked as promised! Thanks

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