Trying to remove controls dynamically from ASP.NET page.

Posted on 2011-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

 I am have trouble in deleting controls from the page. I just want to remove a control dynamically from the page. The type of code I am using is :

        tb1 = DirectCast(tblTable.FindControl("Ctrl999"), TextBox)
        tb2 = DirectCast(tblTable.FindControl("Ctrl999"), TextBox)

It seems to find the control, but does not seem to remove the control. I can still find it after the removal ie I can reference tb2.


Question by:SamJolly
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Absolutely....... I changed the code for my question, but included a typo ......

I have already read that article... I think the problem is that you can only remove control in the crrent context ie you have to navigate to the relevant cell and uses its remove method

ie Cells(0).RemoveAt(0)

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I would really like 2 knw why u wud remove it. U dnt want 2 render it on page? If tht's the case u can set visible=false
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I would really like 2 knw why u wud remove it. U dnt want 2 render it on page? If tht's the case u can set visible=false
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You are correct Sam.  You have to remove controls from there current context:

Consider the following code which works, in fact if you step through the code you can see the count value change:

<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <asp:Panel ID="Panel1" runat="server">
            <asp:TextBox ID="textbox1" runat="server" Text="textbox 1" />

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Code Behind:
public partial class DynamicControls : System.Web.UI.Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)
            int count = Panel1.Controls.Count;

            TextBox textbox2 = new TextBox();
            textbox2.ID = "textbox2";
            textbox2.Text = "textbox 2";

            count = Panel1.Controls.Count;

            TextBox textbox1 = (TextBox)Panel1.FindControl("textbox1");

            count = Panel1.Controls.Count;

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However if I changed lines 16 and 17 of the above code behind to this:
TextBox textbox1 = (TextBox)this.FindControl("textbox1");

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Then you would notice that the count value would not change at the end because textbox1 would not have been removed.  The FindControl() method would indeed find textbox1, but the Controls.Remove() method would not remove it because textbox1 is not a direct child of the page (i.e. "this").  This is the same thing you were running into as the FindControl() method iterates through all nested children controls and found your Textbox, but because the Textbox was not a direct child of your Table control, the Textbox was not removed.

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