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Posted 24 Jul 2010

How to disable subsequent submit button clicks when a request is being processed in ASP.NET AJAX client side script code

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How to disable subsequent submit button clicks when a request is being processed in ASP.NET AJAX client side script code

During asynchronous postback, e.g., a click of a button, one may decide that until the current request completes, the user shall not be able to click the button.

In the code snippet below, I have displayed how we can achieve this. We have a Form on which we have Script Manager which contains the Update Panel. This Update Panel contains a Button and a UpdateProgress control. We need to disable the subsequent clicks of this Button when a request is being processed in ASP.NET AJAX client script code.

In order to achieve the same:

  1. I have used PageRequestManager and attached initializeRequest handler to CancelPostbackForSubsequentSubmitClicks
  2. In CancelPostbackForSubsequentSubmitClicks, check if async postback is in progress using isInAsyncPostBack property of PageRequestManager and postback is generated by this Button, then cancel this request
<%@ Page Title="Test Disable Subsequent Submit Clicks Page" 

	Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true"

    CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="_Default" %>
    <form id="Form1" runat="server" action="Default.aspx">
        <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager" runat="server">
        <asp:UpdatePanel ID="AsynUpdatePanel" runat="server" UpdateMode="Conditional">
            <!--<span class="code-comment"> Here on click is a long running operation e.g. 30 secs --></span>
                <asp:Button ID="Submit" runat="server" 

			OnClick="Submit_Click" Text="Submit" />
                <asp:UpdateProgress ID="UpdateProgress" 

			runat="server" AssociatedUpdatePanelID="AsynUpdatePanel"

                        Update in Progress...</ProgressTemplate>

    <!--<span class="code-comment"> Here we are blocking the subsequent requests using client side scripting --></span>
    <!--<span class="code-comment"> Also instead of alert one can customize the way he wants to handle --></span>
    <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
        var requestManager = Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance();

        function CancelPostbackForSubsequentSubmitClicks(sender, args) {
            if (requestManager.get_isInAsyncPostBack() & 
		args.get_postBackElement().id == 'Submit')
                alert('A previous request is still in progress 
		that was issued on clicking ' + args.get_postBackElement().id);
protected void Submit_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //A long running operation


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Atul works at Microsoft as a .NET consultant. As a consultant his job is to design, develop and deploy enterprise level secure and scalable solutions using Microsoft Technologies.

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GeneralVery deep thoughts Pin
majiangquan27-Jul-10 20:56
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GeneralRe: Very deep thoughts Pin
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