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programmatically access user control on master page

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I have a dropdown user control that is on a master page in asp.net app.

How could I programmatically set the selected index of the dropdown control depending on what page is loaded in the asp.net application?   All the pages will dervie from the one master page
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Question by:mugsey
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by:Gyanendra Singh
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in order to get a reference to your usercontrol from the Page, you need to do a Master.FindControl with the id of the user control. like this

Dim uc As UserControl = Master.FindControl("controlid")
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by:mugsey
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Yes thank you friend

The problem is I have top level materpage then a second master page that is inherited from the first.  This second masterpage is where the user control is.

For some reaon I cannot get a reference to it, it is always null

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by:sijishJohn
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try this


this.Master.Master.FindControl("<Name of ContentPlaceHolder>").FindControl("<User Control>")

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by:mugsey
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No it still does not work - hmm strange.  Will have a think
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sijishJohn earned 500 total points
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I think you place the user control in another ContentPlaceHolder inside the second Master page...
try this code(attached)

If u still get error, pls  provide the HTML code of your second master page..


this.Master.Master.FindControl("<Name of ContentPlaceHolder>").FindControl("<Second ContentPlaceHolder>").FindControl("<User Control>");

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