James Balentine James Balentine - 6 months ago 72
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Get a reference to the edit button in a gridview with FindControl

My question is: What is the ID of an Edit button defined as a CommandField in a GridView? I want to be able to reference this button using the FindControl method in the code-behind, but, since I don't know the Edit button's ID, I can't. I have to reference it by index.

This is the detail of what I'm trying to do:

I have an ASP.NET 4.5.1 GridView control with an edit button and a delete button. They are defined as follows:

<asp:CommandField ShowEditButton="true" UpdateText="Save" ShowDeleteButton="false" ValidationGroup="vgParcelComments" />
<asp:LinkButton ID="btnDeleteParcelComment" runat="server" OnClientClick="return confirm('Are you sure that you want to delete this comment?');" CommandName="Delete" CssClass="removeParcelComment">Delete</asp:LinkButton>

In the RowDataBound event for this GridView in my code-behind page, I can manipulate the Delete button with the following line of code:

e.Row.FindControl("btnDeleteParcelComment").Visible = False 'The delete button

This hides the Delete button. But, for the Edit button, I can't determine what its ID is, so I can't use the FindControl function to access it. The best that I can do is reference it by index, like so:

e.Row.Cells(4).Visible = False 'The edit button

I tried to look at the Edit button's ID using the following statement:

Dim itsId As String = e.Row.Cells(4).ID

but Nothing was always returned when this line executed.



You can look in the Controls collection of the cell for the LinkButton which has Edit as its CommandName:

Dim editButton As LinkButton = Nothing
For Each cell As DataControlFieldCell In e.Row.Cells
    For Each ctl As Control In cell.Controls
        If TypeOf ctl Is LinkButton Then
            Dim commandButton As LinkButton = CType(ctl, LinkButton)
            If commandButton.CommandName = "Edit" Then
                editButton = commandButton
                Exit For
            End If
        End If