Javascript – form select element open url in new window and submit form


UPDATED – please read further details below original question

I have a select form element with various urls, that I want to open in a new window when selected – to do this I have the following code in the element's onchange event:[this.selectedIndex].value,'_blank');

This works fine. But I also want to submit the form when changing this select element value – I've tried various things, but I can't seem to get it to work.

I have jquery, so if it's easier to achieve via that then that's fine.

Update – I've just realised there is another issue with the above, because some of the urls are actually used to generate and output pdfs, and these do not work – they open and then immediately close (at least in IE7).

UPDATE 07/05/09 – I've now opened a bounty for this question as I really need to come up with a working solution. I did originally get around the issue by displaying links instead of a form select element, but this is no longer feasible.

The reason I need the above is that I have a large number of files that might need to be viewed / printed, too many to reasonably display as a list of links. I need to submit the form to record the fact a particular file has been viewed / printed, then display a log of the file history on the form – I'm comfortable with achieving this side of things, so don't require assistance there, but I thought it would help to place the context.

So, to clarify my requirements – I need a form select element and 'View' button that when clicked will not only launch a file download in a new window (note the above issue I faced when these files were PDFs), but also submit the form that contains the select element.

Best Solution

Here ya go

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function() {
        $("#selectElement").change(function() {
            if ($(this).val()) {
      $(this).val(), '_blank');

        // just to be sure that it is submitting, remove this code
        $("#formElement").submit(function() {
            alert('submitting ... ');

<form id="formElement" method="get" action="#">
    <select id="selectElement">
        <option value="">View Site 1</option>
        <option value="">View Site 2</option>
        <option value="">View Site 3</option>