How to use VisualTreeHelper to get all TextBoxes RRS feed

  • Question

  • On the Page, I add UserControl into GridView dynamically. So, each UserControl can contain different kind of controls ( TextBox, CheckBox, Radio Button)

    How to get a collection of control of textbox  using VisualTreeHelper and check which textBox is empty.

    I found a code similiar to this problem and modified it but not working.

    I dont know what this means in the code and if it is required?


                Should I use MyList.Select() or MyList.Where() ?

    For example , the name of UserControl is : UserForm. This will be added into the GridView on the current page


    void FindTextBoxes()

       List <TextBox> MyList = AllTextBoxes(UserForm);

       var count = MyList.Where(x= > if(string.IsEmptyOrNull(x.Text));


    List <TextBox> AllTextBoxes(DependencyObject parent)
        var list = new List <TextBox>();

        for (int i = 0; i < VisualTreeHelper.GetChildrenCount(parent); i++)
            var child = VisualTreeHelper.GetChild(parent, i);

            if (child is TextBox)

                list.Add(child as TextBox);

        return list;

    Sunday, December 7, 2014 2:42 PM


  • Hi Machine7,

    Set a breakpoint after the AllTextBoxes() finishes and validate if all your textboxes are added into the list.

    I think there should be something wrong with your Linq, we can write it like this for your better understanding:

            void FindTextBoxes()
                List <TextBox> MyList = AllTextBoxes(gridview);
                List<TextBox> emptyTextBox = new List<TextBox>();
                foreach (TextBox textbox in MyList)
                    if (textbox.Text == "")
               //var count = MyList.Where(x=>if(string.IsEmptyOrNull(x.Text));

    If you still want to use Linq, try this:

     var t = MyList.Where(x => x.Text == "");


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    • Marked as answer by Machine7 Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:18 PM
    Monday, December 8, 2014 6:46 AM