How can i receive a reference to a control in WPF (MVVM)?

In my WPF MVVM Project I have a button that triggers a function that should add a node to a xml and then set the focus to a textbox. My question is, how can i receive a reference to a control?


<Button Command="{Binding Path=ButtonAddCategory_Click}" />


RelayCommand buttonAddCategory_Click; public ICommand ButtonAddCategory_Click { get { return buttonAddCategory_Click ?? (buttonAddCategory_Click = new RelayCommand(param => this.AddCategory(), param => true)); } } public void AddCategory() { ... //get the "node" -> reference? XmlNode selectedItem = (XmlNode)treeView.SelectedItem; .. //add the node to the xml .. //change focus -> reference? textBoxTitel.Focus(); textBoxTitel.SelectAll(); }


<strong>Don't do it in the ViewModel.</strong> The ViewModel shouldn't know anything about the view.

You can do it in code-behind:


    handle the TreeView.SelectedItemChanged event in code-behind, and update a SelectedItem property on the ViewModel (you could also do it with an attached behavior)

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    to focus the TextBox, raise an event from the ViewModel and handle it in code-behind:

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    public XmlNode SelectedItem { get; set; } public event EventHandler FocusTitle; public void AddCategory() { ... //get the "node" -> reference? XmlNode selectedItem = this.SelectedItem; .. //add the node to the xml .. // Notify the view to focus the TextBox if (FocusTitle != null) FocusTitle(this, EventArgs.Empty); }


    // ctor public MyView() { InitializeComponent(); DataContextChanged += MyView_DataContextChanged; } private void MyView_DataContextChanged(object sender, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e) { MyViewModel vm = (MyViewModel)e.NewValue; vm.FocusTitle += ViewModel_FocusTitle; } private void TreeView1_SelectedItemChanged(object sender, RoutedPropertyChangedEventHandler<Object> e) { MyViewModel vm = (MyViewModel)DataContext; vm.SelectedItem = (XmlNode)e.NewValue; } private void ViewModel_FocusTitle(object sender, EventArgs e) { textBoxTitle.Focus(); }


    You could use the FocusManager.FocusedElement attached property to handle ensuring the TextBox receives focus.

    <DataTemplate DataType="{x:Type YourViewModel}"> <Grid FocusManager.FocusedElement="{Binding ElementName=userInput}"> <TextBox x:Name="userInput" /> </Grid> </DataTemplate>

    As for your second part (textBox.SelectAll()) you may have to work on a behavior or attached property of your own that handles the focusing and selecting in one fell swoop.


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