C# Refresh main form with Infragistic Control from another form

Posted on 2016-08-05
Last Modified: 2016-08-05
When my main form (winform) loads it is using an infragistics control.  I'm using Tiles.  A user clicks on a tile and navigates to a windows form.  The user is allowed to add data which is stored in an XML document.  When the user does this I need to refresh the main form to add new tiles to the main form.

Any idea how to do this from another winform?
Question by:CipherIS
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Daniel Van Der Werken earned 500 total points
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Okay. I think this is a generic way for you to work this out.

Expose a public method on the first winform as I'm showing here:

    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public void DoSomething()
            GroupBox gb = (GroupBox)Controls.Find("form1GroupBox1", true).FirstOrDefault();

            if (gb != null)
                CheckBox cb = new CheckBox();
                cb.Name = "My New Checkbox";
                cb.Text = "Some awesome checkbox";
                cb.Checked = true;


        public Form1()


        private void btnNewForm_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            Form2 form2 = new Form2();

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Then, on the second form, you need to grab hold of the first form and call it.

    public partial class Form2 : Form
        public Form2()

        private void btnAddControl_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            FormCollection fc = Application.OpenForms;
            foreach(var f in fc)
               if (f.GetType() == typeof(Form1))
                    Form1 form = (Form1)f;

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Form1 had a button and a group box. Form2 just had a button. I dynamically added a control to Form1 as shown.

You should be able to do something similar to this very thing that I'm showing with what you're looking to do.

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