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Control.Parent Property

Gets or sets the parent container of the control.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

public Control Parent { get; set; }
/** @property */
public Control get_Parent ()

/** @property */
public void set_Parent (Control value)

public function get Parent () : Control

public function set Parent (value : Control)

Not applicable.

Property Value

A Control that represents the parent or container control of the control.

Setting the Parent property value to a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) removes the control from the Control.ControlCollection of its current parent control.

The following code example uses the Parent property and the FindForm method to set properties on the parent control of a button and its form.

// This example uses the Parent property and the Find method of Control to set
// properties on the parent control of a Button and its Form. The example assumes
// that a Button control named button1 is located within a GroupBox control. The 
// example also assumes that the Click event of the Button control is connected to
// the event handler method defined in the example.
private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
   // Get the control the Button control is located in. In this case a GroupBox.
   Control control = button1.Parent;
   // Set the text and backcolor of the parent control.
   control.Text = "My Groupbox";
   control.BackColor = Color.Blue;
   // Get the form that the Button control is contained within.
   Form myForm = button1.FindForm();
   // Set the text and color of the form containing the Button.
   myForm.Text = "The Form of My Control";
   myForm.BackColor = Color.Red;
}

// This example uses the Parent property and the Find method of Control to 
// set properties on the parent control of a Button and its Form. The 
// example assumes that a Button control named button1 is located within a 
// GroupBox control. The example also assumes that the Click event of the 
// Button control is connected to the event handler method defined in the 
// example.
private void button1_Click(Object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    // Get the control the Button control is located in. 
    // In this case a GroupBox.
    Control control = button1.get_Parent();

    // Set the text and backcolor of the parent control.
    control.set_Text("My Groupbox");
    control.set_BackColor(Color.get_Blue());

    // Get the form that the Button control is contained within.
    Form myForm = button1.FindForm();

    // Set the text and color of the form containing the Button.
    myForm.set_Text("The Form of My Control");
    myForm.set_BackColor(Color.get_Red());
} //button1_Click

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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