ASP.NET Hide Controls after number of seconds


One of the functional requirements for my web page is to hide an ASP.NET Label Control after displaying it for number of seconds in response to button click event. I found few examples on but somewhat not meet my constraint. I'm also looking for functionality to hide controls other than the Label control, hide multiple controls simultaneously and writing client-side JavaScript for re-use. I have put together an example code showing the implementation of the mentioned requirements.

Figure 1


Putting everything together

Shown below is the JavaScript function that accepts two parameters namely ctrl and timer. The first parameter is a string that contains the control ID for HTML markup. We can pass in a single control ID or as many control ID as we need from the code behind. See below for an example.

1. ControlOne.ClientID
2. ControlOne.ClientID + ","+ControlTwo.ClientID +", " + ControlThree.ClientID + …

The second parameter indicates how many milliseconds from now the application should hide the control. This client-side script split the
ctrl on the comma (,) and put the results into an array. Then it will loop through the array and set the element property display value to "none".

Listing 1

function HideCtrl(ctrl, timer) {
    var ctry_array = ctrl.split(",");
    var num = 0, arr_length = ctry_array.length;
    while (num < arr_length) {
        if (document.getElementById(ctry_array[num])) {
            setTimeout('document.getElementById("' + ctry_array[num] + '").style.display = "none";', timer);
        num += 1;
    return false;

Shown in listing 2 is the content of the .aspx file.

Listing 2

<div style="width: 90%;">

    <div style="background:#CCCFFF;padding:5px 0 6px 10px">Guess the number game</div>

    <div style="border:solid 1px #919191;padding:0 0 20px;min-height:100px;">

    <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Enter a number between 1 and 5"></asp:Label>

    &nbsp;<asp:TextBox ID="txtAns" runat="server" Width="30px"></asp:TextBox>

    <asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator1"

            runat="server" ErrorMessage="*" Display="Dynamic" ControlToValidate="txtAns" />

    <asp:RangeValidator ID="RangeValidator1" runat="server" ErrorMessage="(1-5)"

        ControlToValidate="txtAns" Display="Dynamic" MaximumValue="5" Type="Integer"


        <asp:Button ID="btnExampleOne" runat="server" Text="Submit" /> &nbsp;

        <br /> <br /><asp:Label ID="lblMsg" runat="server" Text=""></asp:Label>

        <div runat="server" visible="false" id="divBallon">

            <asp:Label ID="lblMsg2" runat="server" Text=""></asp:Label>

            <img src="images/ballons-07.gif" alt="ballons" />



Add the code shown in listing 3 to the page load events to direct the client not to store the responses in its history. This will prevent the control from re-appearing when the user clicks on the browser back button. 

Listing 3


Displayed below is the code in the button click event. The code is pretty straight forward. Use the ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript() method if the ASP.NET markup code are in the UpdatePanel, else use the Page.ClientScript.RegisterStartupScript() method.

Listing 4

void btnExampleOne_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    Random rand = new Random();
    string strScript = string.Empty;
    int intRndNum = rand.Next(1, 6);
    int intRes = int.Parse(txtAns.Text);
    strScript = "HideCtrl('" + lblMsg.ClientID + "', '3000')";
    if (intRes == intRndNum)
        lblMsg2.Text = "The correct number is: " + intRndNum + ". You entered: " + intRes + ". Good job!";
        lblMsg.Text = string.Empty;
        divBallon.Visible = true;
        //hide the DIV
        strScript = "HideCtrl('" + divBallon.ClientID + "', '3000')";
        divBallon.Visible = false;
        lblMsg.Text = "The correct number is: " + intRndNum + ". You entered: " + intRes + ". Please try again.";
    ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript(Page, this.GetType(), Guid.NewGuid().ToString(), strScript, true);


  • June 06, 2010: First release.


If you find any bugs or disagree with the contents, please drop me a line and I'll work with you to correct it. I would suggest downloading the demo and explore it in order to grasp the full concept of it because I might left out some useful information.

IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari

Tested on IE 6.0/7.0/8.0, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari


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