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HyperLinkField.Target Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets or sets the target window or frame in which to display the Web page linked to when a hyperlink in a HyperLinkField object is clicked.

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

public virtual string Target { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_Target ()

/** @property */
public void set_Target (String value)

public function get Target () : String

public function set Target (value : String)

Property Value

The target window or frame in which to load the Web page linked to when a hyperlink in a HyperLinkField is clicked. The default is an empty string (""), which indicates that this property is not set.

Use the Target property to specify the window or frame in which to display the Web content linked to a hyperlink when that hyperlink 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, each of which begins 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 whether the _search value is supported. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and later versions support the _search target value.


The Target property is rendered 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 HyperLinkField object must be XHTML 1.1-compliant. For more information, refer to the topic ASP.NET and XHTML.

When creating accessible Web pages, it is strongly recommended you avoid using the Target property to target another window. For more information, see ASP.NET Accessibility.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Target property to specify a target window in which to display the contents of the Web page associated with a hyperlink in a HyperLinkField object. The linked Web page is displayed in a new window when the hyperlink is clicked.

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

    <form runat="server">
      <h3>HyperLinkField Example</h3>
      <!-- Populate the Columns collection declaratively. -->
      <!-- Set the HyperLinkField field column to a static     -->
      <!-- caption and URL.                                    -->
      <asp:gridview id="OrdersGridView" 
          <asp:boundfield datafield="OrderID" 
          <asp:boundfield datafield="CustomerID" 
            headertext="Customer ID"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="OrderDate" 
            headertext="Order Date"
            dataformatstring="{0:d}" />
          <asp:hyperlinkfield text="Details..."
            headertext="Order Details"
            target="_blank" />
      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database.                   -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="OrdersSqlDataSource"  
        selectcommand="SELECT [OrderID], [CustomerID], [OrderDate] FROM [Orders]"
        connectionstring="server=localhost;database=northwind;integrated security=SSPI"

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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0