Menu.Target Property


Gets or sets the target window or frame in which to display the Web page content associated with a menu item.

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

member Target : string with get, set

Property Value

Type: System.String

The target window or frame in which to display the linked Web page content. The default value is an empty string (""), which refreshes the window or frame with focus.

Use the Target property to specify the window or frame in which to display the Web content linked to a menu item when that menu item is clicked. Values must begin with a letter in the range of A through Z (case-insensitive), except for certain special values that begin with an underscore, as shown in the following table.

Target value



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 if the _search value is supported. For example, Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and above support the _search target value

This property applies to all menu items in a Menu control. You can selectively override this property by setting the Target property of each MenuItem object directly.


The Target property renders as a target attribute. The target attribute on anchor elements is not allowed in the XHTML 1.1 strict document type definition. If rendered output must conform to XHTML or accessibility standards, do not set the Target property. For more information, see XHTML Standards in Visual Studio and ASP.NET and Accessibility in Visual Studio and ASP.NET.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Target property to specify that the content linked to each menu item should be displayed in a new window when the user clicks that menu item.

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.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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