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Posted 19 Nov 2009

Update Progress with AJAX UpdatePanel

, 19 Nov 2009
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This post demonstrates how to create an update progress with the UpdatePanel, similar to the one we can see in GMail.


In this post, I will demonstrate how to create an update progress display with the UpdatePanel, similar to the one that we can see in GMail, like the following:

The following key things are to be addressed:

  1. It should be on the top-center of the page.
  2. It should be on top of all the other HTML controls.
  3. When scrolling, it should be placed on a relative position to the current scroll position.

To achieve this, we can use many alternatives, but I would use a simple approach. In addition to the UpdatePanel, I will use <div>, CSS styles, and JavaScript.

Here we go:

  1. Add a div tag within the body element.
    <div class="divProg" id="divProg"></div>

    Note that the id and class attributes are necessary.

  2. Add the following CSS class to the web page or the style sheet file. Keep in mind, without position: absolute; z-index: 10; CSS properties, this won’t work as expected.
     position: absolute;
     left: 0px;
     top: 0px;
     width: 100px;
     height: 0px;
     z-index: 10;
     border: 1px none #000000;
     visibility: hidden;
     background-color: #FFF1A8;
     font-weight: bold;
     padding: 5px 10px 5px 10px;
  3. Now we want to display the div on the top-center of the screen as well as move its top position relative to the current scroll position. To address this, we will create the following three JavaScript functions. To get the current Y position of scroll:
    function getScroll_Y() 
            return document.documentElement.scrollTop;  

    To set the current top position of the div:

    function setDivTop() 
        if (document.getElementById("divProg") != null) {
            theDiv= document.getElementById("divProg");
        else {
        } = getScroll_Y() + "px";

    Write a function to toggle the display for the div.

    function displayDiv(display) 
        if (document.getElementById("divProg") != null) {
            theDiv = document.getElementById("divProg");
        else {
        if (display) {
            var width = document.body.offsetWidth;
            var height = document.body.offsetHeight;
            if (!width) {
                width = window.innerWidth;
                height = window.innerHeight;
                if (!width) {
                    width = screen.width;
                    height = screen.height;
            // To center the div, we need to deduct its half of
            // width from half of screen width. So we set div width =100
            // in css, so that deduct by 50
   = width / 2 - 50;
   = getScroll_Y();
   = 25;
            theDiv.innerText = 'Working...';
   = 'visible';
        else {
   = 'hidden';
  4. Now we want to handle the request start and request end events. We will be able to use the following code with the help of the AJAX Extension library.
    // Requests Events
    // ============================================
    var prm = Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance();
    function InitializeRequest(sender, args) {
        if (prm.get_isInAsyncPostBack()) {
    function EndRequest(sender, args) {
        if (args.get_error()) {
  5. Set the page's scroll event:
    <body onscroll="setDivTop()">


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About the Author

Kelum W. Ganegoda
Software Developer (Senior) Brandix Lanka Pvt Ltd.
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
I’ve started my career in 2001 with Microsoft .net ver 1.0. I’m a MCSD for .net.

Currently, I’m working for Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter as a Software Engineer. All projects in .net, MS Sql Server, Biztalk Server, WCF and WPF. And also, I’m developing components to the ERP. In addition to that, I’ve involved to create architecture of ERP integration.

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Comments and Discussions

BugOnly works with IE Pin
Alejandro Afonso Spinola2-Jan-12 23:29
memberAlejandro Afonso Spinola2-Jan-12 23:29 
GeneralYou can achieve the same with ajax:UpdateProgress & ajax:AlwaysVisibleControlExtender Pin
Philipos Sakellaropoulos21-May-10 3:55
memberPhilipos Sakellaropoulos21-May-10 3:55 

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