HyperLink.Target Property


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Gets or sets the target window or frame in which to display the Web page content linked to when the HyperLink control is clicked.

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

public string Target { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String

The target window or frame to load the Web page linked to when the HyperLink control 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, which begin 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 if the _search value is supported. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and later support the _search target value.

The default value is an empty string ("").

Use the Target property to specify the frame or window that displays the Web page linked to when the HyperLink control is clicked. The Web page is specified by setting the NavigateUrl property.

If this property is not set, the browser or window with focus refreshes when the HyperLink control is clicked.


The Target property renders 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 HyperLink 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 Accessibility in Visual Studio and ASP.NET and ASP.NET Controls and Accessibility.

The following example demonstrates how to set the Target property to specify the window or frame to display the page associated with the HyperLink control.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
    <title>HyperLink Sample</title>
<form id="Form1" runat="server">

   <h3>HyperLink Sample</h3>

   Click on the HyperLink:<br />  

   <asp:HyperLink id="hyperlink1" 
                  Text="Microsoft Official Site"


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