ASP.NET FormView SetFocus

I have FormView and on changing to Edit mode I wanted to set focus to the first textbox. I thought I’d do this hooking into the ModeChanged event but this doesn’t work as the textbox hasn’t been rendered.

I then tried overriding the Render method and setting the focus after rendering; at this point the control was created but I get an exception to say focus can only be set in PreRender, but in PreRender the control won’t be available.

One way I found to get this to work was to set the focus in a handler for the DataBound event of the FormView.

protected void fvUser_DataBound(object sender, EventArgs e)
    Control ctrl = fvUser.FindControl("txtForename");
    if (ctrl != null)

Another way to do it is by adding client side JavaScript at the bottom of the EditItemTemplate which is run after the control has been created:


    <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
        document.getElementById('<%= fvUser.FindControl("txtForename").ClientID %>').focus();

Posted on by Joe in ASP.NET, C#

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