How to get form item without specifying full client ID

Posted on 2009-04-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06

My Asp.NET page builds various things dynamically includinh some text boxes for the user to enter search criteria.

Now when the user clicks on the search button it causes a postback and the values stored in
txtSearch0 to txtSearchn are posted back but the text boxes they belong to no longer exist because they were created dynamically and haven't yet been re-created so I know I can access the values of the text boxes like this:

for(int i = 0; i < Headers.Length; i++)
   value = Request.Form["ctl00$ContentPlaceHolder1$MyGridView$ctl02$txtSearch" + i];

but I don't want to have to put the ctl00$ContentPlaceHolder1$MyGridView$ctl02$ specifier on there first I just want to user "txtSearch" + i.  Is this possible? Or is there another way to get these values?

Question by:Samm1502
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Expert Comment

ID: 24185736
If you re-create the text boxes before the page_load then you'll be good to go.

you'll need to re-create them on init. You can google init dynamic control re-creation for more info.

a couple good urls:


If you don't want to re-create the controls then it will be impossible to reference them by: "txtSearch" + i.


Accepted Solution

tetorvik earned 2000 total points
ID: 24185893
You can store client ids of dynamically create controls into viewstate. When doing a postback take the clientIds of dynamically created controls from Viewstate like

//Creating dynamic controls
            List<string> ClientIdList = new List<string>();
            TextBox a = new TextBox();
            a.ID = "aID";
            TextBox b = new TextBox();
            b.ID = "bID";
            ViewState.Add("DynamicControlClientIds", ClientIdList);
//Getting values from dynamically created controls 
            List<string> ClientIdList = ViewState["DynamicControlClientIds"] as List<string>;
            string strvalue;
            foreach (string clientId in ClientIdList2)
                strvalue = Request[clientId];

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 31572286
Thanks a million.  Can't create text boxes till later in the game so this is perfect.


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