[asp.net] Change visibility of ASP.NET label with JavaScript

I have a ASP.NET page with an asp:button that is not visible. I can't turn it visible with JavaScript because it is not rendered to the page.

What can I do to resolve this?

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The answer is

If you wait until the page is loaded, and then set the button's display to none, that should work. Then you can make it visible at a later point.

Make sure the Visible property is set to true or the control won't render to the page. Then you can use script to manipulate it.

This is the easiest way I found:

        BtnUpload.Style.Add("display", "none");
        FileUploader.Style.Add("display", "none");
        BtnAccept.Style.Add("display", "inherit");
        BtnClear.Style.Add("display", "inherit");

I have the opposite in the Else, so it handles displaying them as well. This can go in the Page's Load or in a method to refresh the controls on the page.

Continuing with what Dave Ward said:

  • You can't set the Visible property to false because the control will not be rendered.
  • You should use the Style property to set it's display to none.

Page/Control design

<asp:Label runat="server" ID="Label1" Style="display: none;" />

<asp:Button runat="server" ID="Button1" />

Code behind

Somewhere in the load section:

Label label1 = (Label)FindControl("Label1");
((Label)FindControl("Button1")).OnClientClick = "ToggleVisibility('" + label1.ClientID + "')";

Javascript file

function ToggleVisibility(elementID)
    var element = document.getElementByID(elementID);

    if (element.style.display = 'none')
        element.style.display = 'inherit';
        element.style.display = 'none';

Of course, if you don't want to toggle but just to show the button/label then adjust the javascript method accordingly.

The important point here is that you need to send the information about the ClientID of the control that you want to manipulate on the client side to the javascript file either setting global variables or through a function parameter as in my example.

Try this.

<asp:Button id="myButton" runat="server" style="display:none" Text="Click Me" />

<script type="text/javascript">
    function ShowButton() {
        var buttonID = '<%= myButton.ClientID %>';
        var button = document.getElementById(buttonID);
        if(button) { button.style.display = 'inherit'; }

Don't use server-side code to do this because that would require a postback. Instead of using Visibility="false", you can just set a CSS property that hides the button. Then, in javascript, switch that property back whenever you want to show the button again.

The ClientID is used because it can be different from the server ID if the button is inside a Naming Container control. These include Panels of various sorts.

You need to be wary of XSS when doing stuff like this:

document.getElementById('<%= Label1.ClientID %>').style.display

The chances are that no-one will be able to tamper with the ClientID of Label1 in this instance, but just to be on the safe side you might want pass it's value through one of the AntiXss library's methods:

document.getElementById('<%= AntiXss.JavaScriptEncode(Label1.ClientID) %>').style.display