How to use MultiView Control in ASP.NET

In this article you will learn how to use MultiView control as a container for groups of View controls in ASP.NET.
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ASP.NET MultiView Control

The MultiView control is used as a container for groups of View controls. It allows you to define a group of View controls, where each View control contains child controls but show only one at a time. To Navigate all the views, you need to put Buttons, LinkButton or ImageButton on the views with command as next and precious view.

In the following example I drop five views on Multiview control as you can see in the Fig 1.

multiview 1.gif

Fig 1. MultiView with five Views

Now we put an image control to display image, a label to show its name and a command button to navigate the next image view.

<asp:MultiView ID="MultiView1" runat="server">  
 <asp:View ID="View1" runat="server">  
   <asp:Image ID="Image1" runat="server" img src="image1.jpg" Height="204px" 
     Width="291px" />  
     <br /><br />
   <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Image 1" Font-Size="Large" 
     ForeColor="#000099"></asp:Label>
     <br /><br />  
   <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Next Image" OnClick="NextImage" />  
 </asp:View>
</
asp:MultiView> 

MultiView's ActiveViewIndex property decides which view is active.  As you see in the following code, I simply set the ActiveViewIndex property to 0 and then increase by 1 which represents first, second, third and so on Views respectively.

Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
 If Not Page.IsPostBack Then
   MultiView1.ActiveViewIndex = 0
 End IfEnd Sub
Sub
NextImage(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
   MultiView1.ActiveViewIndex += 1
End Sub

MultiView In Action

 

multiview2.gif

Fig 2. Multiview Control with View 1

  multiview3.gif

Fig 3. Multiview Control with View 3

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