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Posted on 2010-08-17
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I have a texbox for "Search". I would like for this to display some default text like "enter your search here". on focus I want to add javascript to automatically clear the text inside the texbox.
for this purpose can I use a asp:textbox if so which event should I call the javascript function. Or should i use <input> and use the onfocus event. any suggestions would be great. thanks.
i am creating the application in asp.net, visual studio.net. thanks
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Carl Tawn earned 250 total points
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You can use a TextBox and still use onfocus. The intellisense will complain because it won't recognise it as an attribute of the control, but it will still get copied to the output. Your other option is to add an onfocus attribute from code-behind, in which case the IDE won't complain but the net result will be the same.
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by:Kamaraj Subramanian
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private void tbMyTextBox_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)  
{  
  If(tbMyTextBox.Text == "[enter your search here.]") 
  { 
    tbMyTextBox.Text = string.empty; 
  } 
} 

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by:ploftin
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Just us the onfocus javascript tag:
<input type="text" name="search" value="enter your search here" onfocus="javascript:this.value=''">

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by:Kamaraj Subramanian
Kamaraj Subramanian earned 250 total points
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if you need it in javascript, then check the below code
<html>
<title>CodeAve.com (JavaScript: Textbox Change OnClick)</title>
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">

<script language=JavaScript>
<!-- 
function clear_textbox()
{
if (document.text_form.u_input.value == " Enter Your Search Here ")
document.text_form.u_input.value = "";
} 
-->
</script>


<form name="text_form" action="http://www.codeave.com/html/post.asp" method=post>
<input name=u_input onFocus=clear_textbox() value=" Enter Your Search Here ">
<input type=submit value=Submit>
<input type=reset>
</form>


</body>
</html> 

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