"Open in New Tab" doesn't work for my GridView/DataView controls

Posted on 2009-05-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
When I right-click a CommandField link in a GridView/DataView control on my ASP.NET page the "Open in New Tab" doesn't work. I stay in the same browser window.
Question by:GordJones
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Expert Comment

ID: 24371224
Hi! Create an item template for your gridview and add an Hyperlink control. Something like...
.aspx page
    <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" 
            <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Link">
                    <asp:HyperLink ID="HyperLink1" runat="server" />
.cs file
    protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
            HyperLink hl = (HyperLink) e.Row.FindControl("HyperLink1");
            hl.Text = e.Row.Cells[0].Text; //you can set your hyperlink text here
            hl.NavigateUrl = "http://www.yahoo.com"; //destination page when hyperlink is clicked

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Author Comment

ID: 24375697
I guess I was looking for a reason/explaination as to why the default CommandField link option doesn't operate as expected and how to make it act as expected.
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Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 24433336
from what I know, the "open in new tab" behaviour cannot be controlled from the server, only in the client's browser settings...
please double-check those settings.
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Author Comment

ID: 24433904
My Internet Expoler settings are set for Tabbed Browsing and to open new links in new tabs. Tried some other settings, no different. Any other ideas out there?

Author Comment

ID: 24434413
My code in the gridview is:
    Protected Sub GridView1_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles GridView1.SelectedIndexChanged
        Response.Redirect("DETAIL.ASPX?AssetID=" & GridView1.SelectedValue.ToString)
    End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 24454389
can you please submit the related html code from the browser here or give us a working URL, so we can check the page and give you some suggestions... can you use "open in a new tab" for other pages?

Author Comment

ID: 24454896
Yes I can "Open in a new tab" for links that are not in the Gridview.
The page is on an Intranet.
The code I posted previously was from the aspx.vb. I will post the gridview code from the aspx file (the link is the first column "Details")

    <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AllowPaging="True" 
        AllowSorting="True" AutoGenerateColumns="False" 
        PageSize="15" Width="100%" DataKeyNames="ASSETID" EmptyDataText="No records found!">
            <asp:CommandField SelectText="Details" ShowSelectButton="True" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="ASSETID" HeaderText="ASSETID" 
                SortExpression="ASSETID" InsertVisible="False" ReadOnly="True" 
                Visible="False" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="ISCHILD" HeaderText="IS CHILD" 
                SortExpression="IsChild" ReadOnly="True" InsertVisible="False" >
            <ItemStyle HorizontalAlign="Center" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="DESCRIPTION" HeaderText="DESCRIPTION" 
                SortExpression="DESCRIPTION" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="IDENTIFICATIONNO" HeaderText="V.I.N." 
                SortExpression="IDENTIFICATIONNO" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="LOCATION" HeaderText="LOCATION" 
                SortExpression="LOCATION" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="INVOICENO" HeaderText="INVOICE #" 
                SortExpression="INVOICENO" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="VENDORNAME" HeaderText="VENDOR NAME" 
                SortExpression="VENDORNAME" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="EQUIPNO" HeaderText="EQUIP #" 
                SortExpression="EQUIPNO" />
            <asp:BoundField DataField="MODELNO" HeaderText="MODEL #" 
                SortExpression="MODELNO" />

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Accepted Solution

HainKurt earned 1500 total points
ID: 24468640
probably you cannot use "Right Click - Open in New tab" feature, since it is not a link, but a command (think it as a button, you cannot right click on a button and open in new tab).
But If you really need to open in a new window, you may use target property (set it to "_blank")

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31580674
This was the answer I was looking for "Can not use it because it is a button, not a link".

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