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How to scroll an ASP.NET control into view after page load using codebehind

, 21 Mar 2005
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This simple function uses JavaScript to scroll any control into view after the page has loaded.


In some cases when an ASP.NET page loads the control, you need to focus on is not visible because it is further down the page. I have had numerous occasions when a request variable indicates which item on a long list the user is interested in viewing, this script can help by scrolling the particular item into view.


The following function I have added to a Utils.dll library for general use so is static and needs the current page as a variable.

public class Utils
   public static void FocusControlOnPageLoad(string ClientID, 
                                       System.Web.UI.Page page)




      function ScrollView()

         var el = document.getElementById('"+ClientID+@"')
         if (el != null)

      window.onload = ScrollView;



You can use this as follows:

private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
Utils.FocusControlOnPageLoad(this.yourcontrol.ClientID, this.Page);

Hopes this helps someone.


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionThanks! Pin
nexsoftware17-Mar-14 8:44
membernexsoftware17-Mar-14 8:44 
Question5 Stars Pin
Tuyen Nguyen GB23-Oct-13 6:10
memberTuyen Nguyen GB23-Oct-13 6:10 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Tuyen Nguyen GB23-Oct-13 6:10
memberTuyen Nguyen GB23-Oct-13 6:10 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
lighthousekeeper5-Apr-13 12:05
memberlighthousekeeper5-Apr-13 12:05 
GeneralThanks!! Pin
xanderex17-Aug-10 14:26
memberxanderex17-Aug-10 14:26 
GeneralUsing in a Modal Popup Pin
Nate_115-Sep-09 11:32
memberNate_115-Sep-09 11:32 
I have a Modal Popup setup where I would really like to use this script, though when focus is set, which also happens if using #Anchor, the entire Frame inside the Popup is moved up, this creates problems as the Modal popups Navigation is at the top of the page and is hidden from sight.


/*This Disappears if the script is run*/
<asp:button id="btnNext" />

Something way down the page to Focus

Is there a way around this problem, the top of form Navigation is important.
GeneralSlightly different scenario Pin
Mihai Drebot12-Apr-08 7:14
memberMihai Drebot12-Apr-08 7:14 
GeneralHorizontal Scroll Pin
sree473-Aug-05 17:29
membersree473-Aug-05 17:29 
GeneralI had trouble with the window.onload Pin
tanr16-Mar-05 17:53
membertanr16-Mar-05 17:53 
GeneralRe: I had trouble with the window.onload Pin
Ach1lles21-Mar-05 1:07
memberAch1lles21-Mar-05 1:07 
GeneralThis is only MSIE specific Pin
stp8-Mar-05 0:16
memberstp8-Mar-05 0:16 
GeneralRe: This is only MSIE specific Pin
Ach1lles8-Mar-05 1:02
memberAch1lles8-Mar-05 1:02 
GeneralActually - no Pin
leopfeifenberger3-Mar-05 3:52
memberleopfeifenberger3-Mar-05 3:52 
GeneralRe: Actually - no Pin
Ach1lles3-Mar-05 4:14
memberAch1lles3-Mar-05 4:14 
GeneralRe: Actually - no Pin
leopfeifenberger3-Mar-05 4:32
memberleopfeifenberger3-Mar-05 4:32 
GeneralRe: Actually - no Pin
Ach1lles3-Mar-05 4:48
memberAch1lles3-Mar-05 4:48 
GeneralRe: Actually - no Pin
Ashaman21-Mar-05 6:06
memberAshaman21-Mar-05 6:06 
GeneralRe: Actually - no Pin
lp34421-Mar-05 21:53
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