Sunday, February 26, 2012

Passing value from popup window to parent form's TextBox Using JavaScript

Passing values from a popup window back to the parent page is an often asked question. Especially when there is a GridView type control in the popup. In the following example we will be using two forms. The parent form will be parent.aspx and the popup will be popup.aspx. Also note that the parent.aspx form is derived from some MasterPage.

Code is provided both in VB.Net and C#.Net.

--- .aspx of parent form ---

<script type="text/javascript">
function OpenPopup() {"popup.aspx","List","scrollbars=no,resizable=no,width=400,height=280");
    return false;
<asp:TextBox ID="txtPopupValue" runat="server" Width="327px"></asp:TextBox>
<asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Show List" />
--- .vb of parent.aspx if is the language ---
If Not IsPostBack Then
    Me.Button1.Attributes.Add("onclick", "javascript:return OpenPopup()")
End If
--- .cs of parent.aspx if is the language ---
if (!IsPostBack) {
    this.Button1.Attributes.Add("onclick", "javascript:return OpenPopup()");
--- .aspx of popup form ---
<script language="javascript">
function GetRowValue(val)
    // hardcoded value used to minimize the code.
    // ControlID can instead be passed as query string to the popup window
    window.opener.document.getElementById("ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_TextBox2").value = val;
<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
                <asp:Button ID="btnSelect" runat="server" Text="Select" />
                <asp:Button ID="btnSelect" runat="server" Text="Select" />
--- .vb file if is the language ---

Protected Sub GridView1_RowDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs) Handles GridView1.RowDataBound
    If (e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.DataRow) Then
        'assuming that the required value column is the second column in gridview
        DirectCast(e.Row.FindControl("btnSelect"), Button).Attributes.Add("onclick", "javascript:GetRowValue('" & e.Row.Cells(1).Text & "')")
    End If
End Sub
--- .cs file if is the language ---

protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs e) {
    if ((e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)) {
        //assuming that the required value column is the second column in gridview
        ((Button)e.Row.FindControl("btnSelect")).Attributes.Add("onclick", "javascript:GetRowValue('" + e.Row.Cells[1].Text + "')");

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