HyperLinkField.Target Property


Gets or sets the target window or frame in which to display the Web page linked to when a hyperlink in a HyperLinkField object is clicked.

Namespace:   System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public virtual string Target { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String

The target window or frame in which to load the Web page linked to when a hyperlink in a HyperLinkField is clicked. The default is an empty string (""), which indicates that this property is not set.

Use the Target property to specify the window or frame in which to display the Web content linked to a hyperlink when that hyperlink is clicked.

Values must begin with a letter in the range of A through Z (case-insensitive), except for the special values listed in the following table, each of which begins with an underscore.




Renders the content in a new window without frames.


Renders the content in the immediate frameset parent.


Renders the content in the search pane.


Renders the content in the frame with focus.


Renders the content in the full window without frames.


Check your browser documentation to determine whether the _search value is supported. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and later versions support the _search target value.


The Target property is rendered as a target attribute. The target attribute on anchor elements is not allowed in the XHTML 1.1 document type definition. Do not set the Target property if the rendered output for the HyperLinkField object must be XHTML 1.1-compliant. For more information, refer to the topic XHTML Standards in Visual Studio and ASP.NET.

When creating accessible Web pages, it is strongly recommended you avoid using the Target property to target another window. For more information, see NIB: ASP.NET Accessibility.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Target property to specify a target window in which to display the contents of the Web page associated with a hyperlink in a HyperLinkField object. The linked Web page is displayed in a new window when the hyperlink is clicked.

<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>HyperLinkField Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>HyperLinkField Example</h3>

      <!-- Populate the Columns collection declaratively. -->
      <!-- Set the HyperLinkField field column to a static     -->
      <!-- caption and URL.                                    -->
      <asp:gridview id="OrdersGridView" 


          <asp:boundfield datafield="OrderID" 
          <asp:boundfield datafield="CustomerID" 
            headertext="Customer ID"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="OrderDate" 
            headertext="Order Date"
            dataformatstring="{0:d}" />
          <asp:hyperlinkfield text="Details..."
            headertext="Order Details"
            target="_blank" />



      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database.                   -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="OrdersSqlDataSource"  
        selectcommand="SELECT [OrderID], [CustomerID], [OrderDate] FROM [Orders]"
        connectionstring="server=localhost;database=northwind;integrated security=SSPI"


.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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