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ASP.NET back to previous page button?

Shepwedd
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Hi,

Is it possible to create an asp.net button on a web page that will allow a user to navigate back to the previous page?

Thanks.
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Top Expert 2013

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In the Page_Load try this:
if (!Page.IsPostBack && Page.Request.UrlReferrer!=null)
        {  
            btnPrevious.PostBackUrl = Page.Request.UrlReferrer.AbsolutePath;
        }

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Commented:
I added the attached code as suggested but I get the error: "Operator '=' incompatible with operand types 'Int32' and 'Object' "

The ID of my button on the frontend is "BackButton"

Thanks.
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if (!Page.IsPostBack && Page.Request.UrlReferrer != null)
        {
            BackButton.PostBackUrl = Page.Request.UrlReferrer.AbsolutePath;
        }
    }

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Top Expert 2013

Commented:
Is the error due to that code...not sure...it could be for some other code in your page.

Author

Commented:
So the above code is correct?

The page I am trying to navigate back to is populated through a query string variable (http://www.page.aspx?variable=1), could this be causing an issue? I can press the back button on the browser to navigate back but I was hoping to create a button on the page to do the same for friendlier navigation.

Thanks.
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
The querystring parameter is lost as.
How are you navigating to Page2 from page1?

Page1 --> Page2-->Page1
I would suggest you to store the querystring parameter tht Page1 takes in Session before your navigate to Page2. Upon return to Page1 i.e. page1 Load ...check for querystring param...if it is null get the value from Session...
Now you have to be careful ...if Session is null then you should take appropriate step.

Or you can do is pass the querystring param to Page2...
Retrieve it on page2...
append it to Page.Request.UrlReferrer.AbsolutePath and then assign it to PostBackUrl property

Author

Commented:
I am navigating to page 2 from page 1 through the below link:

<a href="applicantInterviewInterviewers.aspx?interviewid=<%#Eval("InterviewID")%>"  target="popup" onclick="return wopen_popup(this.href,this.target, 900, 500)">Interiewers</a>

I do I save a parameter in session? Code would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
Looks you are opening that page in new window....and then you want to go back to Parent page...won't that keep two pages open?

Here is something you can do...on Page2 Load:

 if (!Page.IsPostBack && Page.Request.UrlReferrer!=null)
        {
            string queryparam = String.Empty;
            string url = Page.Request.UrlReferrer.AbsolutePath;
            if(Page.ClientQueryString!=null)
            {  /* Another way to create postBackUrl
                queryparam = Request.QueryString["interviewid"].ToString();
                url = url + "?interviewid="+queryparam;
                 */
                url = url + "?"+ Page.ClientQueryString;
            }
            Button1.PostBackUrl = url;
        }

Author

Commented:
Page 1 is my parent page.
Page 2 is a popup window
Page 3 is a popup window

I want to be able to go back to page 2 from page 3 by means of a button.

Author

Commented:
With your suggested code I get the error: "Operator '=' incompatible with operand types 'Int32' and 'Object'"??

Thanks.
Top Expert 2013
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