Page.SmartNavigation Property

NOTE: This property is now obsolete.

Gets or sets a value indicating whether smart navigation is enabled. This property is deprecated.

Namespace: System.Web.UI
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

[ObsoleteAttribute(L"The recommended alternative is Page.SetFocus and Page.MaintainScrollPositionOnPostBack.")] 
property bool SmartNavigation {
	bool get ();
	void set (bool value);
/** @property */
public boolean get_SmartNavigation ()

/** @property */
public void set_SmartNavigation (boolean value)

public function get SmartNavigation () : boolean

public function set SmartNavigation (value : boolean)

Not applicable.

Property Value

true if smart navigation is enabled; otherwise, false.

In most circumstances, do not set this property in code. Set the SmartNavigation attribute to true in the @ Page directive in the .aspx file. When the page is requested, the dynamically generated class sets this property.


In ASP.NET version 2.0, the SmartNavigation property is deprecated. Use the SetFocus method and the MaintainScrollPositionOnPostback property instead.

When a page is requested by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 browser, or later, smart navigation enhances the user's experience of the page by performing the following:

  • Eliminating the flash caused by navigation.

  • Persisting the scroll position when moving from page to page.

  • Persisting element focus between navigations.

  • Retaining only the last page state in the browser's history.

Smart navigation is best used with ASP.NET pages that require frequent postbacks but with visual content that does not change dramatically on return. Consider this carefully when deciding whether to set this property to true.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 3.0