I have Ribbon button that when it's clicked you get a dialog window open. On that window I have a button that I want to use to close the dialog window when clicked.

This is the code for the dialog


and on the App.js file I have a click function

$("#Blue").click(function () {


I use Visual Studio 2013 and SharePoint online, I want to do it with javascipt


Right answer

window.parent.postMessage('CloseCustomActionDialogRefresh', '*');
window.parent.postMessage('CloseCustomActionDialogNoRefresh', '*');
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  • ok då vet jag hur jag ska göra Sep 22, 2014 at 12:17

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So if SP.UI.ModalDialog.commonModalDialogClose(SP.UI.DialogResult, returnVal) is not working you can try this:

Closing the Dialog Autohosted and Provider-hosted Apps for SharePoint are hosted outside of SharePoint, and as such can’t leverage typical SharePoint scripts to close the dialog (ex: SP.UI.ModalDialog.commonModalDialogClose()). Luckily, I have hunted through many lines of core.js to find you the solution! Similar to resizing app parts (client web parts), we can use the HTML5 postMessage API to close the dialog from the app (and optionally refresh the parent page). This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the postMessage API was meant to provide cross-domain communication and is used in other app scenarios. CloseCustomActionDialogRefresh and CloseCustomActionDialogNoRefresh are the two messages SharePoint is “listening” for to close the dialog. I wrapped these in a simple function I can releverage across all my apps:

 function closeParentDialog(refresh) {
    var target = parent.postMessage ? parent : (parent.document.postMessage ? parent.document : undefined);
    if (refresh)
        target.postMessage('CloseCustomActionDialogRefresh', '*');
        target.postMessage('CloseCustomActionDialogNoRefresh', '*');

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