Closing a window
Question: How do I close a window?
To close a window that you previously opened from your script,
you can use the
window.close() method, for example:
is the window reference
as returned by the
The gotcha here is that the window referenced by
does not necessarily exist at the time when your script attempts to close it.
(The user might well have closed it already!)
And if the window no longer exists, your script may cause errors.
Possible workarounds are the following:
- Re-open the window with the same
- Place the window-closing code only in the window to be closed.
In this case the window reference will be
the code will be
- Test whether the window is still open before attempting to close it.
If your script tries to execute
for the main browser window that was opened by the user,
most browsers will first invoke a dialog to ask the user
whether to let the script close the browser window.
Test this yourself: here is a script that attempts to
close your browser window.
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