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target attribute | target property

Sets or retrieves the window or frame at which to target content.


HTML<element target="p" ... >

p =


Property values

Type: String


The name of the target window or frame.


Load the linked document into a new blank window. This window is not named.

For Windows Runtime apps using JavaScript only: Loads the linked document in the default browser. If the linked document is in the app's package, the link won't navigate to the document because the browser can't display documents contained in an app's package.


Load the linked document into the immediate parent of the document the link is in.


Default. Load the linked document into the window in which the link was clicked (the active window).


Load the linked document into the topmost window.


The window name is an optional argument in the open scripting method.

If there is no existing window or frame with the same name as specified in the target, a new window is opened with a name equal to the value of the target.

Windows Internet Explorer 8 and later. When Protected Mode is enabled and a webpage contains an anchor link with a named target, Windows Internet Explorer opens the target of the link in a new window when the target has a different integrity level than the webpage containing the link. For more information, see Understanding and Working in Protected Mode Internet Explorer.

In Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, the value of the target parameter of this property specifies that a linked document loads in the content area of the target.

In a Windows Runtime app using JavaScript, if you set the target attribute to the name of an iframe, the iframe loads the linked document. If the specified target doesn't exist, the link opens in the default browser.

For more info about navigation in Windows Runtime apps using JavaScript, see Supporting navigation.


This example uses the target attribute to specify a link that loads the page into the topmost frame of the current frameset.

<a href="newpage.htm" target="_top">Go to  Page.</a>

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