How do I change the opening page if the dialog box was opened with shoModalDialog?

Posted on 2007-10-15
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Last Modified: 2009-12-16
If i opened a window with, window.showModalDialog, how can I tell what the name of the window is that opened the Dialog box and how do I reload the opening page with a new page, close the dialog and show the new opening page.

For example if I opened with window.open I could use window.opener.location.href; so in the same manner is there a way to reset the opening page if the page was opened with window.showModalDialog.

I have scanned the web, and so far I found that after the call to the window.showModalDialog I can add the following line of code to force the refresh of the page.  This is not exactly what I asked for, but at the top of the page
I can then redirect to the page I want.  The showModaldialog does not allow refresh of parent page until the Dialog box is closed.  
window.location = window.location;

Let me know if you have any comments on it.  

language javascript:
Question by:swansonplace
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Accepted Solution

Michel Plungjan earned 2000 total points
ID: 20083618
showModalDialog is designed to have a page open a window and have that window return a value.

If you handle everything in the page that opens the dialog, you are just fine.

var url2Load=showModalDialog(....)
if (url2Load !="") location = url2Load;

and in the modalDialog do



Alternative is showModelessDialog:
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Assisted Solution

by:Michel Plungjan
Michel Plungjan earned 2000 total points
ID: 20083628
to just reload:

var reloadPage=showModalDialog(....)
if (reloadPage) location.reload(1);

and in the showModal have


to reload and


to just close and not reload

Author Comment

ID: 20185416
Thank you.

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