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FindControl - In "Parent" page

Posted on 2008-06-19
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I have a usercontrol being bound to a placeholder - there is a button within the usercontrol that, when clicked, would like to find a control (a placeholder) and load/bind another usercontrol - so need to know how to find a control, on the parent, from within the child usercontrol...
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by:ororiole
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You can use:
      PlaceHolder ph =     (PlaceHolder)  Page.FindControl("PlaceHolderID");
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by:tbaseflug
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Actually, this is more of what I am looking for - which works, but looks pretty ugly

 Parent.Parent.Parent.Parent.Parent.FindControl("UpdatePanel2") as UpdatePanel;

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ororiole earned 500 total points
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Well you didnt mention several Parent.Parent.Parent levels. Why would you want to do that, when you can start at Page and recurse thru the control collections? Plus you are hard coded, so if you add or remove Parents, you have to change your code. This way you can start at Page (or lower if you wish) and it will find the control no matter what the level.
       private Control SearchControl(Control container, string id)
        {
            Control control = container.FindControl(id);
            if (control == null)
            {
                foreach (Control c in container.Controls)
                {
                    if (c.HasControls())
                    {
                        control = SearchControl(c, id);
                        if (control != null) break;
                    }
                }
            }
            return control;
        }

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