Getting reference to Datagrid Footer controls

I am using the footer as my Add Item row. I need to get a reference to a dropdownlist control and set a selected item. I need to do this anytime the page is rebound. DataGrid.Findcontrol("cboAddCBO")  returns Nothing. It seems there is no EditItem index associated with the footer either. The only time I can get a reference to the footer item is when I click a button in the footer row (using the ItemCommand event). Surely there is a way to get a reference to the footer row another way......
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dfiala13Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, you can.  There are two ways...

When you bind the grid, you can access ithe footer item in the ItemDataBound event handler...


    Private Sub DataGrid1_ItemDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridItemEventArgs) Handles DataGrid1.ItemDataBound

        If (e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.Footer) Then
            Dim ddl As DropDownList
            ddl = New DropDownList
            ddl.ID = "cboAddCBO"
            e.Item.Cells(0).Controls.Add(ddl)
        End If
    End Sub

On a postback you need to be a little trickier because as you found out the FooterItem is not part of the Items collection.

So you need to look in the collection of controls for the grid.  The grid itself only has one control which is the DataGRidTable.  This control actually holds all the Items (rows) including the footer and header.  The footer Item is always the last control in the Table so you can get it like so.  Then you need to look in the cell you created the dropdownlist in to get a reference to it...

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click

        Dim dgiFooter As DataGridItem
        Dim ddl As DropDownList
        With DataGrid1.Controls(0)
            dgiFooter = .Controls(.Controls.Count - 1)
            ddl = dgiFooter.Cells(0).FindControl("cboAddCBO")
        End With

    End Sub
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MisledmanAuthor Commented:
Sorry.... I thought I had cleaned up all my questions....
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