Target='_blank' to show in new window, NOT new tab, possible?

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How can I do this?

In firefox the link opens in a new tab... I don't want users to have to set settings of their browsers for this...

I want a pop-up to appear with contact-form whenever user clicks 'contact' on my main page.

How should I do this?

You cannot control this - it's entirely at the discretion of the user-agent; which is the point, after all. All you can specify is that the page be opened in a different viewpane context, and it's up to the user to decide how they want your window to take up their screen space/taskbar list/Alt-Tab shortcuts etc.

In fact I'd go even further and say that if at all possible you should avoid opening up a new tab/window at all. I know that I get a little annoyed when websites do this, and it feels a bit clunky and 1990s what with all the Ajax and floating divs and magic we have nowadays.

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This is working fine

window.open(yoururl, "Popup", "location,status,scrollbars,resizable,width=800, height=800");

For all parameters see window.open

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<a href="javascript:window.open('http://example.com/popup.html','blank')">Contact</a>

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I believe this is a browser-only setting that cannot be set from HTML or Javascript.

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If you want to use this thing using Code Behind then it will also work...

protected void lnkAddNewWorkout_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
  //  Response.Write("<script>window.open('MyCreatedWorkout.aspx','_blank');</script>");    //it Open in new tab

    ResponseHelper.Redirect("MyCreatedWorkout.aspx", "_blank", "menubar=0,width=700,height=700");

    }



 public static class ResponseHelper
    {
        public static void Redirect(string url, string target, string windowFeatures)
        {
            HttpContext context = HttpContext.Current;
        if ((String.IsNullOrEmpty(target) ||
            target.Equals("_self", StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase)) &&
            String.IsNullOrEmpty(windowFeatures))
        {

            context.Response.Redirect(url);
        }
        else
        {
            Page page = (Page)context.Handler;
            if (page == null)
            {
                throw new InvalidOperationException(
                    "Cannot redirect to new window outside Page context.");
            }
            url = page.ResolveClientUrl(url);

            string script;
            if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(windowFeatures))
            {
                script = @"window.open(""{0}"", ""{1}"", ""{2}"");";
            }
            else
            {
                script = @"window.open(""{0}"", ""{1}"");";
            }

            script = String.Format(script, url, target, windowFeatures);
            ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript(page,
                typeof(Page),
                "Redirect",
                script,
                true);
        }
    }
}

Refrenced By: http://www.codeproject.com/Tips/317410/Response-Redirect-into-a-new-window

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Comments
  • You should really reconsider. The user should be in control of his environment. joelonsoftware.com/uibook/fog0000000249.html
  • I can only speak for myself, but: Sites that open Popups for anything automatically get deducted points in my book. If you really want a new dialog, maybe a JavaScript Dialog - modal or not - is more user-friendly? For example, the Dialog from jQuery UI: jqueryui.com/demos/dialog/#default
  • It is necessary for flows such as OAuth. And it seems others have accomplished this feat.
  • This should have more upvotes.. While it is ultimately up to the browser, using this indicates to the browser that it is supposed to be a popup.
  • How does this fare against a popup blocker?
  • Agree with John: the answer from Kiran os OK. The basic window.open don't work: Firefox (eg) open in a new tab. But Kiran's method is right.
  • I believe you mean window.open.
  • And _blank. And void, else the window reference's toString will replace the current document. And it still doesn't work (will open in new window if that's how the browser is configured). And inaccessible due to the needless use of javascript: URLs (don't ever use those).
  • I certainly don't think you should do this, but you can. The inaccessible javascript URLs is a problem that can be easily solved by modifying the document onLoad.
  • Just to give a specific reason not to use this, for anyone who stumbles across it, according to Mozilla: Never use this form of code for links: <a href="javascript:window.open(...)" ...> "javascript:" links break accessibility and usability of webpages in every browser.
  • Cannot be SET, but Javascript CAN open a new window as @Mark Byers pointed out.
  • The question is specifically in regard to forcing a new window to open rather than a tab, and as the MDN article for window.open() indicates, it is unlikely the behavior will be as desired in a modern browser, though this would seemingly be the most straightforward JS to open a window.