Webcontrol button click event being fired when browser Refresh button pressed

Posted on 2004-09-21
Last Modified: 2010-05-18

We have a WebControl button on a page that the user presses to go and do some stuff server side - this is fine but... after the user has pressed the Webcontrol button and then, for whatever reason, clicks IE5's Refresh button the webcontrol button click event gets fired again! - WHY?


Question by:JAMES
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DotNetLover_Baan earned 500 total points
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IE5's Refresh button is designed in a way that, it will perform the most recent POST BACK. Since "Submit" was the latest one, it will resubmit , untill you change it from the code. See this PAQ:

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Here are some other options:

Private Sub DisableOnSubmitScript()

     Dim sScript As String = "<script language=""javascript"">" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += ("<!--") & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "var ctl_1;  // button control" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "var ctl_2;  // button control" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "var name_1 = '" & Me.Button1.UniqueID & "'" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "var name_2 = '" & Me.Label1.UniqueID & "'" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "if (document.all) {" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "   // IE browser" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "   ctl_1 = document.all[name_1];" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "   ctl_2 = document.all[name_2];" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "}" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "else if (document.layers) {" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     // Netscape browser" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     ctl_1 = document.layers[name_1];" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     ctl_2 = document.layers[name_2];" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "}" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "else if (document.getElementById) {" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     // Others" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     ctl_1 = document.getElementById(name_1);" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     ctl_2 = document.getElementById(name_2);" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "}" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += Environment.NewLine
     sScript += " = 'hidden'" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "function DisableOnSubmit() {" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     if (ctl_1) {" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "          ctl_1.disabled = true;" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     }" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     if (ctl_2) {" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += " = 'visible';" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     }" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     alert('okay!');     // this line should be removed later" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "     return true;" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "}" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "//-->" & Environment.NewLine
     sScript += "</script>"

     Me.RegisterStartupScript("_DisableOnSubmitScript", sScript)
     Me.RegisterOnSubmitStatement("_DisableOnSubmit", "DisableOnSubmit();")

End Sub

One work around to this problem is turn off the CausesValidation property of the button and handle the validation in the code behind btnSave_Click.

    Private Sub btnSave_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnSave.Click
    End Sub

But this might be unwanted since the validation error message will not appear as normal. Another options is still to set the CausesValidation property to false. Then add this to code-behind page_load

btnSave.Attributes.Add("OnClick", "PageValidate();")

And add client code for the button, such as the following

function PageValidate()
     // show message here...

     // add validation code here...
     var isValid;
     if (typeof(Page_ClientValidate) == 'function') {

        isValid = Page_IsValid;
     else  {
        // another validation code if necessary
        isValid = true;

     // maybe more code here, after validation

     return MyResult;

Sorry, need to fix this line.

return isValid;

 Here's the VB code (translated from above code)

Dim sb As New System.Text.StringBuilder

sb.Append("if (typeof(Page_ClientValidate) == 'function') { ")
sb.Append("if (Page_ClientValidate() == false) { return false; }} ")
sb.Append("this.value = 'Please wait...';")
sb.Append("this.disabled = true;")
btnSubmit.Attributes.Add("onclick", sb.ToString())

 'PREVENT MULTIPLE BUTTON CLICKS ##########################
Public Sub multipleButtonClicks(ByRef myPage As System.Web.UI.Page, ByRef myButton As System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button)

Dim sb As System.Text.StringBuilder = New System.Text.StringBuilder

If myPage.Validators.Count > 0 Then
sb.Append("if (typeof(Page_ClientValidate) == 'function') { ")
sb.Append("if (Page_ClientValidate() == false) { return false; }} ")
End If

sb.Append("this.value = 'Please wait...';")
sb.Append("this.disabled = true;")

myButton.Attributes.Add("onclick", sb.ToString())
sb = Nothing
End Sub


multipleButtonClicks(Me.Page, Me.Button1)

WHERE Button1 = the name of your button

Hope this helps!
# re: How to prevent multiple clicks of a submit button in ASP.NET 8/9/2004 5:54 AM George Philippakos


With the above code, you don't need to turn off CausesValidation on your buttons, this will allow client side validators to function - BUT remember to add the following line to the PageLoad event:

Page.GetPostBackClientHyperlink(Me, "")

Make sure it runs every time (even when the page posts back on itself)

You are all life savers! Well Done!




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Aeros - was all that in response to my post?!?

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Aeros - Thanks for the input but I think I will go with Baan's answer.

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