How can I access a ButtonFields text

Posted by  Ashish Pandey
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I'm trying to access text from a ButtonField(databound), but I can't get the text if I refer to it as a TableCell. What can I do to get its text?

<asp:GridView ID="gvClass" runat="server" CssClass="grid" HeaderStyle-Font-Bold="true" Width="100%" OnSelectedIndexChanged="gvClass_SelectedIndexChanged" DataKeyNames="ClassID" AutoGenerateColumns="False" OnPageIndexChanging="gvClass_PageIndexChanging">

    <HeaderStyle Font-Bold="True" />


        <asp:ButtonField DataTextField="ClassID" HeaderText="Class ID" CommandName="Select" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="CourseName" HeaderText="Course Name" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="WarehouseName" DataFormatString="Warehouse" HeaderText="Warehouse" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="TrainerNames" HeaderText="Trainer(s)" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="StartTime" HeaderText="Start Time" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="Duration" HeaderText="Duration" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="Course Category" HeaderText="Course Category" />

        <asp:BoundField DataField="Comment" HeaderText="Comment" />



        <span class="italic grey">No Record Found</span>




foreach (GridViewRow gvr in gvClass.Rows)


    foreach (TableCell tc in gvr.Cells)


        stringToAppend = tc.Text;

        sb.Append(PRTL_UtilityPackage.FormatHtmlCharacters(stringToAppend) + " \t");




The foreach (TableCell tc in gvr.Cells) comes up with an empty string when looking at the ButtonField.

  1. Re: How can I access a ButtonFields text

    Hi Ashish, 

    You can still use the tablecell method:

    protected void myGridView_DataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
            // You may have to play with the index of the control
            // I have found that often a GridView will place a
            // Literal control as Control[0] and the LinkButton
            // as Control[1]. Once you find the index, it won't
            // change.
            LinkButton btn = (LinkButton)e.Row.Cells[0].Controls[1];
            string text = btn.Text;

      Modified On Apr-05-2018 04:09:27 AM