Finding a control in the master page from within a control on the "child" page....

I've seen several examples of finding controls, but I'm struggling with this.  I want to turn a panel to visible and set a label's text field from within a control... All the examples that I've seen, including the really good one at MSDN2 shows Master.FindControl.  When I use that, it says Master is not declared.  Is there an easy way to set the panel and the label from within the control? Am I close?

'---------- My Master page...abbreviated...
<%@ Master Language="VB" CodeFile="Secure_Master.master.vb" Inherits="MasterPage" %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix="cc" TagName="menu" src="leftmenu.ascx"%>

<form id="formMain" runat="server" align="center">
<cc:menu id="menu" runat="server" pageid="tips"/>
<asp:Panel ID="pnlBreadCrumbs" runat="server" Visible="false">
<asp:Label ID="lblBreadCrumbs" runat="server" Text="I'm a bread crumb..."></asp:Label></td>

'---------- My control page...abbreviated...
<%@ Control Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="leftmenu.ascx.vb" Inherits="secure_members_leftmenu" %>

'---------- My control page  code behind file - would like to set those values here
    Private Function SetMiscVals() As Boolean
        Dim bResult As Boolean = False
            If sSectionTitle.Trim <> "" Then
                Dim myRef_lblBreadCrumbs As Label
                myRef_lblBreadCrumbs = CType(FindControl("lblBreadCrumbs"), Label)
                If Not myRef_lblBreadCrumbs Is Nothing Then
                    myRef_lblBreadCrumbs.Text = sBreadCrumb

                    Dim myRef_pnlBreadCrumbs As Panel
                    myRef_pnlBreadCrumbs = CType(FindControl("pnlBreadCrumbs"), Panel)
                    If Not myRef_pnlBreadCrumbs Is Nothing Then
                        myRef_pnlBreadCrumbs.Visible = True
                    End If
                End If
            End If
        Catch ex As Exception

        End Try
        Return bResult
    End Function

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The problem is the control is a self contained unit; it knows nothing of the "outside world" including MasterPages.

You could add arguments to your function: SetMiscVals(Panel CrumbPanel, Label CrumbLabel)

Then your function will have access to them.

Steve Wellens

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2/27/2007 9:00:59 PM

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