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Control.Parent Property

Gets a reference to the server control's parent control in the page control hierarchy.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

[BindableAttribute(false)]
[BrowsableAttribute(false)]
public virtual Control Parent { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.Control
A reference to the server control's parent control.

Whenever a page is requested, a hierarchy of server controls on that page is built. This property allows you to determine the parent control of the current server control in that hierarchy, and to program against it.

The following example sets a new Control object on a page, myControl1, to the control specified in a FindControl method call. If the call returns a control, the code uses the Parent property to identify the control that contains myControl1. If the parent control exists, the string "The parent of the text box is" is concatenated with the ID property of the parent control and written to the Page. If no parent control is found, the string "Control not found" is written.

private void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs MyEventArgs)
{
      // Find control on page.
      Control myControl1 = FindControl("TextBox2");
      if(myControl1!=null)
      {
         // Get control's parent.
         Control myControl2 = myControl1.Parent;
         Response.Write("Parent of the text box is : " + myControl2.ID);
      }
      else
      {
         Response.Write("Control not found");
      }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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