GridView, Edit Row, user control button

I succesfully put a custom control inside a placeholder inside a cell when editing a row but when i click on a button or do anything which causes a postback the control disappears.

protected void DropDownList1_OnSelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        GridViewRow editrow = GridView1.Rows[GridView1.EditIndex];
        PlaceHolder p1 = (PlaceHolder)editrow.FindControl("OptionsPlaceHolder");

        DropDownList ddl1 = (DropDownList)sender;
        if (ddl1.SelectedItem.Text == "Combo")
            Control uc1 = LoadControl("~/UserControls/OptionList.ascx");
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Once you add the dynamic control, you must somehow re-create it each and every postback. If possible, it might be better to simply declaratively add your control to the GridViewRow and simply hide or display it based on your DropDownList selection.

There are many articles on the web with regards to using dynamically generated controls.

Thanks, Ed

Microsoft MVP - ASP/ASP.NET

2/10/2009 1:58:29 PM

Controls added dynamizally have to be added on every postback.  Usually this type of adding I've done in Page_Load so that it's done every time the page posts back.  Hope this helps.

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2/10/2009 1:59:31 PM


Once you add the dynamic control, you must somehow re-create it each and every postback. If possible, it might be better to simply declaratively add your control to the GridViewRow and simply hide or display it based on your DropDownList selection.There are many articles on the web with regards to using dynamically generated controls.

That was very helpful. I've added it below. I show the placeholder containing the usercontrol when the user is in edit mode and selects "Combo" from a dropdownlist in another column.

            <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Name" SortExpression="Name">
                    <asp:Label ID="lbEditOptionName" Visible="true" runat="server" Width="150px" Text='<%# Bind("Name")%>'></asp:Label> 
                    <asp:PlaceHolder ID="OptionsPlaceHolder" runat="server" Visible="false" >
                        <UserControl:ListBox ID="ucList" runat="server" />                    
But I can't seem to show the placeholder if the selected item was already "Combo". I've tried several methods, actually stumbling on one of your old posts which I've amended slightly. The rowediting event fires before the controls are generated therefore I refresh the data then retrieve the controls. But I can't do anything with the controls eg. I can't change lb1.Text and I can't make the placeholder visible. So rather than use the RowEditing event I tried using the (2) the RowCreated event which doesn't read the selecteditem of the dropdownlist.


protected void GridView1_RowEditing(object sender, GridViewEditEventArgs e)
        // Refresh data to set GridView into Edit mode

        // Retrieve row
        GridViewRow editRow = GridView1.Rows[GridView1.EditIndex];      

        // Retrieve controls
        PlaceHolder p1 = (PlaceHolder)editRow.FindControl("OptionsPlaceHolder");
        DropDownList ddl1 = (DropDownList)editRow.FindControl("DropDownList1");
        Label lb1 = (Label)editRow.FindControl("lbEditOptionName");

        if (ddl1.SelectedItem.Text == "Combo")
            p1.Visible = true;
            lb1.Text = "ddddd";
            p1.Visible = false;


    protected void GridView_RowCreated(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowState == DataControlRowState.Edit)
            //// Retrieve control
            //PlaceHolder p1 = (PlaceHolder)e.Row.FindControl("OptionsPlaceHolder");
            //DropDownList ddl1 = (DropDownList)e.Row.FindControl("DropDownList1");
            //Label lb1 = (Label)e.Row.FindControl("lbEditOptionName");

            //if (ddl1.SelectedItem.Text == "Combo")
            //    p1.Visible = true;
            //    lb1.Text = "ddddd";

            //    p1.Visible = false;
2/11/2009 10:36:58 AM

Try the RowDataBound event handler instead, and remember that RowState must be checked like so: 

protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
	GridViewRow row = e.Row;

	if ((row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow) && ((row.RowState & DataControlRowState.Edit) > 0))
        DropDownList ddl = row.FindControl("DropDownList1") as DropDownList;

        if (ddl != null)


Thanks, Ed

Microsoft MVP - ASP/ASP.NET

2/11/2009 1:13:59 PM

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