C# – How to disable all controls in ASP.NET page

asp.net-controlsc++webforms

I have multiple dropdownlist in a page and would like to disable all if user selects a checkbox which reads disable all. So far I have this code and it is not working. Any suggestions?

foreach (Control c in this.Page.Controls)
{
    if (c is DropDownList)
        ((DropDownList)(c)).Enabled = false;
}

Best Solution

Each control has child controls, so you'd need to use recursion to reach them all:

protected void DisableControls(Control parent, bool State) {
    foreach(Control c in parent.Controls) {
        if (c is DropDownList) {
            ((DropDownList)(c)).Enabled = State;
        }

        DisableControls(c, State);
    }
}

Then call it like so:

protected void Event_Name(...) {
    DisableControls(Page,false); // use whatever top-most control has all the dropdowns or just the page control
} // divs, tables etc. can be called through adding runat="server" property