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How do I set focus to the first input field when I edit a row in GridView?

Posted on 2006-07-11
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I want to set focus to the first input field in the row when the user selects "edit". I tried adding:
Control input1 = GridView1.Rows[e.NewEditIndex].Cells[7].Controls[0];
to the Rowediting event handler but this doesn't work because none of the Cells have controls.
So I tried :
but that didn't appear to do anything.
I guess I'm barking up the wrong tree. Any ideas?
Question by:cjmackenzie
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Expert Comment

ID: 17084623
Try using


This should set the focus to the first focasable cell inside that control.

Author Comment

ID: 17084805
I tried that in the RowEditing event handler and the PageLoad event handler without success. Any opther ideas?

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valrog earned 1000 total points
ID: 17084892

Author Comment

ID: 17097873
GridView1.Focus() doesn't work because my text box is not the first focussable cell - both the Sort headings and the Edit buttons can be focussed on too

But your link led me to the solution - I prefer the shorter C# solution to the longer VB solution containing javascript..
I've been trying to access the textbox control in the wrong event - should be on RowDataBinding:    

protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow && (e.Row.RowState
        & DataControlRowState.Edit) != 0)
            Control c = e.Row.Cells[6].Controls[0];
            //Next line is another way of setting focus

Many thanks



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