FindControl() With MasterPages

Posted on 2008-10-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
Hello, Im tring to find a control inside a master page contentplaceholder with the following:

                Dim TargetImage As HyperLink
                TargetImage = FindControl("Content2").FindControl("Image" & i)

I get object reference not set to an instance of an object.  I also tried:
                TargetImage = Me.Master.FindControl("Content2").FindControl("Image" & i)

The controls are not in the master page but in a page that uses the master page.  It did work before adding utalizing master pages also.  How can i fix this?


Question by:grogo21
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Expert Comment

ID: 22842123
Assuming Content2 is the name of the master page contentplaceholder name,

Can you please try the following:
TargetImage = Me.Master.FindControl("Image" & i)


Author Comment

ID: 22842299
That did not work. I have attached the source code for my page.

<asp:Content ID="Content2" ContentPlaceHolderID="ContentPlaceHolder1" Runat="Server">
        <div class="HeaderContentDiv">
            <asp:Label ID="WelcomeLabel" CssClass="WelcomeLabel" runat="server" Text=""></asp:Label><br /></div>
        <div class="GalleryContentDiv">
                <tr valign="middle">
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image1" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image2" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image3" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                <tr class="ImageTR" valign="middle">
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image4" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image5" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image6" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                <tr valign="middle" align="center">
                    <td colspan="3" align="center" style="padding:5px; text-align:center;"><asp:HyperLink ID="Banner1" runat="server" visible="false" Target="_blank" CssClass="BannerImg"/></td>
                <tr class="ImageTR" valign="middle">
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image7" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image8" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image9" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                <tr class="ImageTR" valign="middle">
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image10" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image11" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>
                    <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Image12" runat="server" visible="false" CssClass="ImageTR"/></td>

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Accepted Solution

dampsey earned 500 total points
ID: 22842363
place the below code anywhere in your code.

then use the following

FindControlRecursive(this.Page, "Image" + i)

I know the following is written in c# but you may change it to vb easily
        public static Control FindControlRecursive(Control Root, string Id)
            if (Root.ID == Id)
                return Root;
            foreach (Control Ctl in Root.Controls)
                Control FoundCtl = FindControlRecursive(Ctl, Id);
                if (FoundCtl != null)
                    return FoundCtl;
            return null;

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Author Comment

ID: 22842523
Still get Object reference not set to an instance of an object.


Expert Comment

ID: 22847962
In which event of the page you are using the FindControl function?

Author Comment

ID: 22860202
PageLoad event

Author Comment

ID: 22860332
This appears to work:
                TargetImage = DirectCast(DirectCast(Master.FindControl("ContentPlaceHolder1"), ContentPlaceHolder).FindControl("Image" & i.ToString), HyperLink)


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