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Hello.  I have a small script for a Javascript pop-up window.  (Attached)

I would like to know if it's possible to have that window maintain the foreground presence when working on other pages, rather than having it lost in the background after clicking on another window.  (I am wanting to place a legend on the pop-up window while a user is completing a form so they can easily reference the meanings.)

How would this be possible?

Thanks so much,
Shane
<a href= "#" onclick="window.open('watchlist_email.asp?classID=<%=(rsWatchlist.Fields.Item("classID").Value)%>','window1','height=300,width=500,top=200,left=400,resizable=0'); return false;">E-mail</a>

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by:nizsmo
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<body onBlur="self.focus()">

put this in your <body> tag of your popup.

Alternatively,
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
<!--
window.onblur = function() {
      self.focus();
}
//-->
</script>

Bearing in mind the 2 pointers below:
1. Does not work on all browsers, so test and see which browsers it works on.
2. This is extremely annoying sometimes, and may confuse/annoy the user, so best to make minimal use of this.
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by:lshane
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Hi, nizsmo.  Thank you.  OK - so going with your solution:

What I'm wanting is the user to go to a page where they have to complete a form.
One of the items on the form requires additional definitions - a color legend, for example.
I'm just wanting a "Question Mark" image there for the user to click.

When they click it - that's when I want the pop-up to window to appear, as it will have the definitions for the field item the user is completing. They will need to look back and forth from the form to the pop-up window to complete the form, as there are multiple entries.

When they are finished - they can click on a link from the pop-up window to close it.

From what I can tell from your solution, it seems as though I can still use my current pop-up script.
I just need to add the <onBlur="self.focus()"> to the <BODY> tag of my pop-up window page.

Is that right?
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by:lshane
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Also I'm using IE6 - so will the majority of the users.

I tried adding onBlur="self.focus()" to my <BODY> tag, but the window still does not stay in the forefront when I click off of it.

Maybe you could help me with placement of the code, etc.
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nizsmo earned 2000 total points
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sorry Ishane, try:

<body onBlur="window.focus()">

self doesn't seem to work, so change it to window should work!
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Thanks so much!
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glad to help :)
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