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How do I use findcontrol with the asp.net 3.5 listview control?

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I have written a C# .Net web site using visual studio 2008. I have a listview control (ID = lvApplicants) where I need to access a linkbutton (ID = ITEditButton") located in my listview's ItemTemplate. I have tried the attached code but with no luck. Any pointers?
protected void lvApplicants_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        //LinkButton btn_Edit = (LinkButton)lvApplicants.FindControl("ITEditButton");
 
        LinkButton btn_Edit = this.lvApplicants.FindControl("ITEditButton") as LinkButton;
 
        string editExpired = "return confirm('Edits cannot be made to this item as it has expired');";
        btn_Edit.Attributes.Add("OnClick", editExpired);
    }

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I hope this helps someone else. My solution to this findcontrol issue was to use the below code in my listviews databound event:

LinkButton btn_Edit = (LinkButton)lvApplicants.Items[0].FindControl("ITEditButton");

In the above the "Items[0]" refers to the listview row. I had a itemtemplate and an alternatingitemtemplate so I had to reference both row 0 and 1 in my code behind to find these controls.
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