Click here to Skip to main content
15,741,981 members
Articles / Web Development / ASP.NET
Posted 21 Jul 2016


8 bookmarked

MasterPage, WebUserControl, ModalPopup and UpdatePanel - Passing Values to Parent Page

Rate me:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
4.60/5 (5 votes)
21 Jul 2016CPOL2 min read
A quick demo on how to pass values from a modal-grid WebUserControl to main page based on the selected row in GridView.


A developer in the forums is asking how to pass data that is coming from a WebUserControl control to the main page. Basically, the scenario is that, he has a WebUserControl which contains a GridView that is wrapped around inside an ASPNET Ajax UpdatePanel control. The WebUserControl will then be used in the page (ContentPage) that is hosted within a MasterPage. The page contains some TextBox in which it will be populated once the user selects a row from the GridView, also the ModalPopup is defined within that page.

The question is quite interesting, and so I’ve give it a shot and created a simple demo. Here’s the solution that I came up with and provide it to the developer.

The Page Markup

<%@ Page Title="" Language="C#" MasterPageFile="~/Site.Master" AutoEventWireup="true" 
CodeBehind="Modal.aspx.cs" Inherits="WebAppDemo.Modal" %>

<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="asp" %>
<%@ Register src="UserControl/WebUserControl1.ascx" tagname="WebUserControl1" tagprefix="uc1" %>

<asp:Content ID="Content1" ContentPlaceHolderID="HeadContent" runat="server">
    <style type="text/css">

<asp:Content ID="Content2" ContentPlaceHolderID="MainContent" runat="server">
    <asp:ToolkitScriptManager ID="ToolkitScriptManager1" runat="server">

    <asp:TextBox ID="txtProductName" runat="server" />
    <asp:TextBox ID="txtPrice" runat="server" />

    <asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton1" runat="server" Text="Show" />
    <asp:Panel ID="pnlPopUp" runat="server" 
    style="display:none" CssClass="modal" >
                    <uc1:WebUserControl1 ID="WebUserControl11" runat="server" />
    <asp:ModalPopupExtender ID="ModalPopupExtender1" runat="server" 


There’s nothing really fancy about the markup above. It just contains two TextBox, a ModalPopup, a LinkButton as the target control for the Modal, and a Panel control that contains the WebUserControl.

You may also have noticed that I’ve created a simple CSS for the modal.

The WebUserControl Markup

<%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="WebUserControl1.ascx.cs" 
        Inherits="WebAppDemo.UserControl.WebUserControl1" %>
<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" 
Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="asp" %>

<asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel1" runat="server">
        <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False">
                <asp:BoundField DataField="ID" />
                <asp:BoundField DataField="ProductName" HeaderText="Product Name"/>
                        <asp:TextBox ID="txtPrice" runat="server" 
                        Text='<%# Eval("Price") %>' />
                        <asp:TextBox ID="txtAmount" runat="server" 
                        Text="<%# Eval("Amount") %>" />
                        <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" 
                        Text="Select" onclick="Button1_Click" />
        <asp:PostBackTrigger ControlID="GridView1" />

The WebUserControl is where we defined the GridView. Noticed that the GridView is wrapped within an UpdatePanel control. We then set the ID of GridView as the PostbackTrgigger for the UpdatePanel to trigger the control events within GridView – in this case, the Click event of the Button control.

Code Behind

Now, here's the code behind for the WebUserControl:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;
using AjaxControlToolkit;

namespace WebAppDemo.UserControl
    public partial class WebUserControl1 : System.Web.UI.UserControl

        private DataTable GetSampleData()
            //If you are working with database
            //You can query your actual data and fill it to the DataTable
            DataTable dt = new DataTable();
            DataRow dr = null;

            //Create DataTable columns
            dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("ID", typeof(string)));
            dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("ProductName", typeof(string)));
            dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("Price", typeof(string)));
            dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("Amount", typeof(string)));

            //Create Row for each columns
            dr = dt.NewRow();
            dr["ID"] = 1;
            dr["ProductName"] = "Galaxy S";
            dr["Price"] = "100";
            dr["Amount"] = "10";


            dr = dt.NewRow();
            dr["ID"] = 2;
            dr["ProductName"] = "iPhone 4";
            dr["Price"] = "200";
            dr["Amount"] = "2";


            dr = dt.NewRow();
            dr["ID"] = 3;
            dr["ProductName"] = "HTC Mobile";
            dr["Price"] = "50";
            dr["Amount"] = "10";

            return dt;

        private void BindGrid(DataTable source)
            GridView1.DataSource = source;
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            if (!IsPostBack)

        protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            Button b = (Button)sender;
            GridViewRow gvRow = (GridViewRow)b.NamingContainer;

            string productName = gvRow.Cells[1].Text;
            string price = ((TextBox)gvRow.FindControl("txtPrice")).Text;

            Type thePage = Page.GetType();
            System.Reflection.PropertyInfo[] pi = thePage.GetProperties();
            foreach (System.Reflection.PropertyInfo pinfo in pi)
                if (pinfo.Name == "ProductName")
                    pinfo.SetValue(Page, productName, null);
                else if (pinfo.Name == "Price")
                    pinfo.SetValue(Page, price, null);


You may noticed that I just used a fake data as the data source for GridView. At the Button’ s Click event, I have used reflection to access the property metadata. I then used the SetValue to populate the controls in the main page based on the selected row values from the GridView. Keep in mind that you can also use the FindControl() method to reference a control and assign a value, but I opt to use reflection in this particular demo because i just want to pass data, and I don’t want to deal with naming containers to find specific controls in the page. FindControl method is useful when you want to manipulate the control, like for example changing the Width or perhaps toggling the Enabled or Visible property of the control.

You can also use properties if you want to get the value from a UserControl in the main page. For example you expose a public property within your WebUserControl, then in your main page, you simply reference the property defined in your WebUserControl, for example at Button’s click event. Though using properties isn’t applicable for this particular scenario, since we are passing data to the main page right after selecting a row and not getting data.


Running the page will display something like this:

Image 1

After clicking the “Show” link:

Image 2

After selecting a row from GridView:

Image 3

That’s it! I hope someone finds this post useful. :)


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Written By
United States United States
A code monkey who loves to drink beer, play guitar and listen to music.

My Tech Blog:
My Youtube Channel:

I currently work as a Solutions Architect and we build "cool things" to help people improve their health.

With over 14 years of professional experience working as a Sr. Software Engineer specializing mainly on Web and Mobile apps using Microsoft technologies. My exploration into programming began at the age of 15;Turbo PASCAL, C, C++, JAVA, VB6, Action Scripts and a variety of other equally obscure acronyms, mainly as a hobby. After several detours, I am here today on the VB.NET to C# channel. I have worked on Web Apps + Client-side technologies + Mobile Apps + Micro-services + REST APIs + Event Communication + Databases + Cloud + Containers , which go together like coffee crumble ice cream.

I have been awarded Microsoft MVP each year since 2009, awarded C# Corner MVP for 2015, 2016,2017 and 2018, CodeProject MVP, MVA, MVE, Microsoft Influencer, Dzone MVB, Microsoft ASP.NET Site Hall of Famer with All-Star level and a regular contributor at various technical community websites such as CSharpCorner, CodeProject, ASP.NET and TechNet.

Books written:
" Book: Understanding Game Application Development with Xamarin.Forms and ASP.NET
" Book (Technical Reviewer): ASP.NET Core and Angular 2
" EBook: Dockerizing ASP.NET Core and Blazor Applications on Mac
" EBook: ASP.NET MVC 5- A Beginner's Guide
" EBook: ASP.NET GridView Control Pocket Guide

Comments and Discussions

QuestionThanks for sharing Pin
Member 1148066122-Oct-19 16:51
Member 1148066122-Oct-19 16:51 
AnswerRe: Thanks for sharing Pin
Vincent Maverick Durano24-Oct-19 17:18
professionalVincent Maverick Durano24-Oct-19 17:18 
GeneralVery Nice Article Pin
M,AqibShehzad22-Jul-16 6:39
professionalM,AqibShehzad22-Jul-16 6:39 
Very Nice Article
GeneralRe: Very Nice Article Pin
Vincent Maverick Durano4-Aug-16 2:19
professionalVincent Maverick Durano4-Aug-16 2:19 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Praise Praise    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.