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How can I hide or show User Controls

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ok, I'm a new asp.net programmer.  I have created an webform which will become a Order Entry screen.  Basicly I have 10 questions to ask the user in order to get the correct Item selected.  Currently I have 10 User Controls with each one containing one of the 10 questions.  Most user controls contain a table and within that table either a drop down list, buttons or datagrids.

Here is what I need help with.  Sometimes all 10 question don't have to be answered.  Depending on their selectons (as an example) for the frist question, might make question #8 irrelevant.  So in that case I would want to hide Question #8.  No need to show the user a question they don't have to answer.  So I want to turn that question invisible based on the answer of question #1.  I currently load all 10 user controls in on the page Init of the main form.  So how can I turn these user controls on and off as the fill out the form?  Also there is no specific reason why I put the questions in user controls.  If there is some other way to show and hide questions that is better, please let me know.  

And remember I am a new program, so any syntax you can provide or sample code would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks for your help!
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tusharashah earned 500 total points
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You can do it with one of the following way:

1)
 -  Make a Table RunAsServer Control.
 -  Drag & drop different control on different row.
 -  Show/Hide rows using Table1.Rows[0].Visible = false/true;

2)
 -  Drag each User Control in different Panel.
 - Show/Hide Panel using Panel1.Visible = false/true;

-tushar
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by:CJ_S
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Every control that is visible on a page has a .Visible property. On the server you can access this property to show or hide a usercontrol

Example code

Protected WithEvents __uc as YourUserControl

Private Sub Page_Load(ender as Object, e as System.EventArgs)
  If(Page.IsPostBack) Then
    __uc.Visible = False
  End If
End Sub

However, when there is no postback, you will need to do something on the client. Therefore you will need to know the id of the object you want to hide. With javascript you can then manipulate the visibility of an object (style.display).

For example:

Add the following javascript code:

<script language="javascript">
<!--
function visibility(id, vis){
  var o = document.getElementById(id);
  if(o) o.style.display=(vis?"block":"none");
}
//-->
</script>

And you can add this to, for example, a button

<asp:button runat="server" onClientClick="visibility('theIDofyourobject', false)" />
<asp:button runat="server" onClientClick="visibility('theIDofyourobject', true)" />

But you might be better of to use the first approach and a postback after the user has finished a question.
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