SetFocus Method (String)
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Page.SetFocus Method (String)


Sets the browser focus to the control with the specified identifier.

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

public void SetFocus(
	string clientID


Type: System.String

The ID of the control to set focus to.

Exception Condition

clientID is null.


SetFocus is called when the control is not part of a Web Forms page.

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SetFocus is called after the PreRender event.

Use the SetFocus method to make the control with the specified ID string the active control in the Web page displayed by the browser. The SetFocus method must be called before the page is prepared for rendering to the client in the PreRender event.


The SetFocus method will work only on browsers supporting ECMAScript version 1.3 or later.

The following code example sets the focus to the second text box on a Web page.

System_CAPS_security Security Note

This example has a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.

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

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<script runat="server">
    void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e)

<html xmlns="" >
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title>Untitled Page</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <asp:textbox id="default" runat="server" /><br />
        <asp:textbox id="focusHere" runat="server" />

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Available since 2.0
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