I'm looking for a way to (preferably) strongly type a master page from a user control which is found in a content page that uses the master page.

Sadly, you can't use this in a user control:

<%@ MasterType VirtualPath="~/Masters/Whatever.master" %>

I'm trying to access a property of the master page from the user control and would rather not have to pass the property from the master page to the content page to the user control because multiple content pages use the same user control. One change, one place whatnot.


Have you tryed Page.FindControl("name") on the usercontrol?

+7  A: 

Try Page.Master.

Whatever whatev = (Whatever)Page.Master;

You'll have to make sure you add the proper using statements to the top of your file, or qualify the Master page type inline.

Dan Herbert

The best way to do it that I've found is actually to build a custom class that is based off of UserControl, give it a Master property with a get accessor that fishes through the this.Page.Parent until it stops encountering master pages (If you are nesting, this step is unnecessary otherwise) and then return that web control as the type of the master page you want to use. Then, when you add a new user control, change it's base class to the name of your custom class. The .Master property will be accessible and cast properly as the master page you want it to use.