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Page.SmartNavigation Property

Note: This API 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("The recommended alternative is Page.SetFocus and Page.MaintainScrollPositionOnPostBack.")]
public bool SmartNavigation { get; set; }
<asp:Page SmartNavigation="True|False" />

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
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.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 1.1, 1.0
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 4
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 3.5
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 3.5 SP1
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 3.0
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 3.0 SP1
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 3.0 SP2
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 2.0
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 2.0 SP1
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 2.0 SP2

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.