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Posted 3 Dec 2004

Dynamically set a link to a CSS file in ASP.NET

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VB.NET line of code to dynamically set a link to a CSS file.


I had a tough time finding this online so I thought I would post it on

I wanted to be able to dynamically set a link to a CSS file. For example, for users to be able to personalize their site, change the look and feel.

Just add a runat attribute to your traditional link tag. ID attribute has to be present, and tag has to be properly closed (not like HTML).

<link id="MyStyleSheet" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" runat="server" />

Then in your Page_Load, simply add a "href" attribute as below:

Sub Page_Load(Sender As Object, E As EventArgs)
 If Not (IsPostBack)
 End If
End Sub

Nothing fancy, very simple, but very useful. It also works for meta tags.


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Florent Boulanger
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United States United States
Broad engineering background with business knowledge (graduated from a top French engineering school training entrepreneurs), and excellent relationship skills that Flo utilizes in the I.T. field to streamline/improve company processes.

From web to embedded programming, from a big-5 consulting company to a local hospital, Flo shares his time between development and implementation lead.
Work with ASP.NET, VB.NET, LDAP, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL...

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionWhat object type is added as a result of this? Pin
Andy G Brown10-Jan-05 7:44
memberAndy G Brown10-Jan-05 7:44 
AnswerRe: What object type is added as a result of this? Pin
Paul Clapham21-Jul-05 10:06
sussPaul Clapham21-Jul-05 10:06 
AnswerRe: What object type is added as a result of this? Pin
jackrizzo4-Jan-06 5:35
memberjackrizzo4-Jan-06 5:35 
You can use System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlGenericControl

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