Find Drop Down List Control in ItemTemplate

jeffreyjseaman used Ask the Experts™
I have a GridView with a Template Field that has a dropdownlist in the column.
I need to be able to communicate with the dropdownlist. But when I run the code to find the control the results I get is ControlValue = Nothing.


  <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Column" SortExpression="Column">
                        <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlColumn"  runat="server" AutoPostBack="true"

Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(FindControl("ddlColumn"), DropDownList)

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Hi jeffreyjseaman,

Under which event do you want to find the control.

Instead of giving just FindControl, give it as GridView1.FindControl like

Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(GridView1.FindControl("ddlColumn"), DropDownList)

Change the name of the gridview according to ur requirement
try this code in OnRowDataBound Method.

just put e.Row.FindControl(....
Hi jeffreyjseaman,

In the previous mail i forgot to add the row to gridview.
You will have to give the row also


Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(GridView1.Row(0).FindControl("ddlColumn"), DropDownList)

change the row position according to ur requirement.

If in a RowDataBound Event u can just give

Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(e.Row.FindControl("ddlColumn"), DropDownList)

If in a RowCommand event, u will have to find the rowindex from where the command was called.

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Use GridView's SelectedRow object. Which will give you selected row object and you can find ddlColumn combo in that row.

Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(Use GridView.SelectedRow.FindControl("ddlColumn"), DropDownList)


I've used the following but it's coming up with NOTHING

Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(e.Row.FindControl("cboType"), DropDownList)

But if I do the following; it recognizes the control but it doesn't populate the dropdownlist.
If e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.DataRow Then
Dim ddlTypeOf As DropDownList = CType(e.Row.FindControl("cboType"), DropDownList)
End If
what do u want to do? do u want to populate data to the dropdown?



That's correct. I'm executing a stored procedure by sending it parameters. When it completes it's section I want to databhind to that dropdownlist.

If this DropDownList wasn't in the grid it works perfectly. But it needs to be in a grid.

Call a function within the dropdown control using the Datasource property like

 <asp:DropDownList ID="ddl_Region" CssClass="reqFields" runat="server" DataSource='<%# fillRegionDropDown() %>' DataTextField="Descr" DataValueField="RegionId" SelectedValue='<%# Bind("RegionId") %>' AppendDataBoundItems="True" >   



What do you mean be call a function? where in SQL? You have a DataSource. Where is the Data Source coming from?
Hi jeffreyjseaman,

Call a user defined function in the code behind (cs Page).... this function will fetch the data from the database...
U will have to change the Datatext field and DataValuefield according to ur requirement

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