JavaScript notes: Windows
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Opening windows - pop-up windows are used when you want to display something to users but don't want them to leave the page that they are currently viewing.


<A HREF="#" onClick="'trivia.html', 'triviaWnd', 'width=370,height=240,status=1'); return false;">click here</A>

A HREF equals a # because the destination URL will be a parameter within the javascript code. If you place a URL in the A HREF the current browser window will change along with the pop-up window.

onClick is the event handler. When the user clicks, it opens a window with the specifications (parameters), i.e., size of window, URL to display in window, scrollbars, etc. is a function that controls the event (opening a new browser window) and contains the event specifications, including what html doc to load in the window (trivia.html), window name (triviaWnd), size of window (370x240), and its status bar (1 or yes).

• The first parameter, 'trivia.html' is the URL of the file to load in the new window. Note that it doesn't have to be an HTML file. It could also be an image file or anything the browser can display.

• The second parameter, 'triviaWnd' is the name of the new window - the name can be anything that isn't a Javascript keyword, but must start with a letter, $, or underscore _ . Windows need to be named (just like frames), so when they are called by the script, the browser knows which window your code is trying to communicate with. This is necessary to close the window later.

- If you want information to load in the same window, you use the same window name in your links.
- If you want multiple windows then you need to use unique names for each window created.

• The third parameter determines the dimensions and appearance of the window. We have specified a window of size 370x240 with a visible status bar. Note that it is in single quotes and the quotes end after the last parameter.

•The appearance of the window can be controlled by changing the value of the third parameter. The commonly used options are:

height - Height of the new window in pixels (eg: height=100)
width - Width of the new window in pixels (eg: width=200)
top - Number of pixels from top of screen (eg: top=100)
left - Number of pixels from left of screen (eg: left=200)
directories - Specifies whether to display the browser directory buttons like "What's Cool" etc. (eg: directories=yes)
hotkeys - Enables or disables various hotkeys (eg: hotkeys=no)
location - Specifies whether the "Location" box is to be displayed (eg: location=yes)
menubar - Specifies whether the new window should have a menu bar (eg: menubar=yes)
resizable - Specifies whether the user is allowed to resize the new window (eg: resizable=no)
scrollbars - Specifies whether the new window can have scroll bars if necessary (eg: scrollbars=yes)
toolbar - Specifies whether the new window has a toolbar (eg: toolbar=yes)

NOTE: Instead of yes/no values, you may also give 1/0. i.e., you may write toolbar=1 instead of toolbar=yes.

Samples of opening windows with different functions:

1) Basic window. No menu, no toolbar, no status bar, not even scrollbars:

EX: <A HREF="#" onClick="'myHTML.html', 'newWnd', 'width=500,height=400'); return false;">Try</A>


2) Window with menubar, location box, scrollbars, but not resizable:

EX: <A HREF="#" onClick="'myHTML.html', 'newWnd', 'width=500,height=400,menubar=yes,location=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=no'); return false;">Try</A>


NOTE: scrollbars won't show up if they aren't necessary.

3) Window with toolbar, statusbar and scrollbars. You can resize this window if you want which wasn't possible with above sample windows:

EX: <A HREF="#" onClick="'myHTML.html', 'newWnd', 'width=500,height=400,toolbar=1,status=1,scrollbars=yes,resizable=1'); return false;">Try</A>


Closing Windows

Place the following code in the file displayed in the pop-up window, not the main file that opens the window.

1) Using window.close to call the name of the window:

EX: <A HREF="#" onClick="window.close('newWnd'); return false;">Close this window</A>


Opening Windows at Specific Screen Coordinates

<sample-click here>

In an A HREF tag:

<a href="#" onClick="'filename.html', 'winName', 'width=300, height=300, top=200, left=150')">open window</a>

top = number of pixels from top of screen, ex: top=200
left = number of pixels from left of screen, ex: left=150


Opening Multiple Windows with One Link

<sample-click here>



//your file names minus the extension.
myWins = new Array("testR2_a","testR2_b","testR2_c");

function newWindows() {

//repeats as many times as there are files in myWins - 3.
for (i=0; i<myWins.length; i++) {

//adds extension to complete the file name.
fileName = myWins[i] + ".html";

//adds WIN to create unique names for each window.
winName = myWins[i] + "Win";

//calls the with the current filename and current windowname.
multiWindow =,winName,"width=140,height=160");






//call function with A HREF tag.
<a href="javascript:newWindows()">Click here to see windows</a>