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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)

<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public Property Parent As Control

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.Control
A Control that represents the parent or container control of the control.

Setting the Parent property value to Nothing 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 Sub button1_Click(sender As Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles button1.Click
   ' Get the control the Button control is located in. In this case a GroupBox.
   Dim control As 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.
   Dim myForm As Form = button1.FindForm()
   ' Set the text and color of the form containing the Button.
   myForm.Text = "The Form of My Control"
   myForm.BackColor = Color.Red
End Sub

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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