# How to: Find ControlTemplate-Generated Elements

This example shows how to find elements that are generated by a ControlTemplate.

## Example

The following example shows a style that creates a simple ControlTemplate for the Button class:

<Style TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
<Setter Property="Template">
<Setter.Value>
<ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
<Grid Margin="5" Name="grid">
<Ellipse Stroke="DarkBlue" StrokeThickness="2">
<Ellipse.Fill>
</Ellipse.Fill>
</Ellipse>
<ContentPresenter Name="content" Margin="10"
HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center"/>
</Grid>
</ControlTemplate>
</Setter.Value>
</Setter>
</Style>


To find an element within the template after the template has been applied, you can call the FindName method of the Template. The following example creates a message box that shows the actual width value of the Grid within the control template:

// Finding the grid that is generated by the ControlTemplate of the Button
Grid gridInTemplate = (Grid)myButton1.Template.FindName("grid", myButton1);

// Do something to the ControlTemplate-generated grid
MessageBox.Show("The actual width of the grid in the ControlTemplate: "
+ gridInTemplate.GetValue(Grid.ActualWidthProperty).ToString());

' Finding the grid that is generated by the ControlTemplate of the Button
Dim gridInTemplate As Grid = CType(myButton1.Template.FindName("grid", myButton1), Grid)

' Do something to the ControlTemplate-generated grid
MessageBox.Show("The actual width of the grid in the ControlTemplate: " & gridInTemplate.GetValue(Grid.ActualWidthProperty).ToString())