Update Progress with AJAX UpdatePanel

In this post I will demonstrate how to create update progress with UpdatePanel, a similar one that we can see in our gmail, like following,

Following key things to be addressed.
  1. It should be on top-center of the page
  2. It should be on top all other HTML controls
  3. When scrolling it should be placed on relative position of 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 style and javaScript.

Here we go.
  1. Add a div tag within body element.
    <div class="divProg" id="divProg"></div>
    Note that id and class attributes are necessary.

  2. Add following css class to the web page or style sheet file. Keep in mind, without position: absolute; z-index: 10; css properties this won’t work as we 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 div on top-center of the screen as well as move its top position relative to the current scroll position. To address this we will creates following 3 javascript functions.
    To get current Y position of scroll,
    function getScroll_Y() 
            return document.documentElement.scrollTop;  
    To set current top position of div,
    function setDivTop() 
            if (document.getElementById("divProg") != null) {
                theDiv= document.getElementById("divProg");
            else {
            theDiv.style.top = getScroll_Y() + "px";
    Write a function to toggle 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
            theDiv.style.left = width / 2 - 50;
            theDiv.style.top = getScroll_Y();
            theDiv.style.height = 25;
            theDiv.innerText = 'Working...';
            theDiv.style.visibility = 'visible';
        else {
            theDiv.style.visibility = 'hidden';

  4. Now we want to handle request start and request end events. we will be able to use following code with assist of 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 page's scroll event,
    <body onscroll="setDivTop()">

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