How do you read a parameter from the URL?

I am trying to use the login.aspx page in such a way that when a
user tries to access any given page, it will redirect them to the login screen
if they are not authenticated and after a successful authentication go back to
the page they were trying to access. My issue is that when I go to the page and
get redirected, I don’t go back to the page I came from. Here is a sample of
what my login.aspx page has for an URL:


As you can tell, ASP.Net is smart enough to include the return to
URL, however, how can I make use of that to redirect my users back to that page? Also, in general, how can you read a parameter in the URL query string?


The following code would address the issue. Note that you can read any Paramater by doing a QueryString from the Request. ReturnUrl is the one that pertains to this particular example:

if (Request.QueryString["ReturnUrl"] != null)


string ReturnUrl = Request.QueryString["ReturnUrl"].Trim();

//Navigate to the ReturnUrl



//Navigate to a specific home page

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