Globally Register User and Custom Controls in ASP.NET

Globally Register User and Custom Controls in ASP.NET

In previous versions of ASP.NET, to import and use user or custom controls on a page, you needed to add a page directive (<%@ Register %>) in the .aspx code for that page.

Fortunately, ASP.NET 2.0 introduced a shortcut that makes managing the controls much easier. Rather than declaring them on every page, you can declare them once, in your web.config file, and then use them in your entire project.

Register your controls in web.config as shown below. The example assumes that there is a user control named table.ascx in the project:


You can now use the table.ascx user control on any page—without explicitly adding a Register directive on the page. Here’s a short example:

See also  Why ChatGPT Is So Important Today

About Our Editorial Process

At DevX, we’re dedicated to tech entrepreneurship. Our team closely follows industry shifts, new products, AI breakthroughs, technology trends, and funding announcements. Articles undergo thorough editing to ensure accuracy and clarity, reflecting DevX’s style and supporting entrepreneurs in the tech sphere.

See our full editorial policy.

About Our Journalist