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Ingoba Ningthoujam
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Joined: Dec 04, 2006
Posts: 90
Hi All,

In my application, I am having a pop up window having two buttons SUBMIT and CANCEL. My requirement is not to allow the user to close the pop up window until and unless user click on this two buttons.

Please any body help me. Thanks in advance.
Anirvan Majumdar
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Joined: Feb 22, 2005
Posts: 261
Controlling the browser's controls is not permitted using Javascript as such. This is an inherent security feature in every browser out there, so well, it would serve you better to think of an alternative. Besides, even if say, hypothetically, there was a way to disable the close button, the user could have always pressed Alt + F4 or closed the browser through the application manager.
As a rule of thumb [atleast as of this date], you should remember that, browser level operations like - Back, Forward, Close, etc, cannot be suppressed by javascript.

One thing you could do is have a Javascript method associated with the "onUnload" event of the <body>. You can alert a message to the user saying that he/she should have clicked one of the buttons.
[ April 08, 2008: Message edited by: Anirvan Majumdar ]
Mehul Wani

Joined: Mar 18, 2008
Posts: 18

You cannot hide/disable the close box of the popup since,this is a browser window one cannot have control on its control buttons like minimize/close. However, you can use custimized popups made up of <div> tags.
Anubhav Anand
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Joined: May 18, 2007
Posts: 341

Hello Ingoba Ningthoujam,

It is not feasible to disable the window close icon or control it's behaviour.

PS. many companies would have died for it if it was possible e.g. the porn site owners and spam popup's etc.
Ingoba Ningthoujam
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Joined: Dec 04, 2006
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Thanks all.
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