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Ashish Pandey

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Posted on    January-22-2014 11:30 PM

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I need to get all controls on a form that are of type x. I'm pretty sure I saw that code once in the past that used something like this:

dim ctrls() as Control

ctrls = Me.Controls(GetType(TextBox))

I know I can iterate over all controls getting children using a recursive function, but is there something easier or more straightforward, maybe like the following?

Dim Ctrls = From ctrl In Me.Controls Where ctrl.GetType Is Textbox

Pravesh Singh

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Posted on    January-23-2014 12:47 AM

Hi Ashish,

This is an improved version of the recursive GetAllControls() that actually works on private vars:

    private void Test()


         List<Control> allTextboxes = GetAllControls(this);


    private List<Control> GetAllControls(Control container, List<Control> list)


        foreach (Control c in container.Controls)


            if (c is TextBox) list.Add(c);

            if (c.Controls.Count > 0)

                list = GetAllControls(c, list);


        return list;


    private List<Control> GetAllControls(Control container)


        return GetAllControls(container, new List<Control>());


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