[SOLVED] Name does not exist in the current context


So, I’m working on this project between my laptop and my desktop.

The project works on the laptop, but now having copied the updated source code onto the desktop, I have over 500 errors in the project, all of them are…

The name does not exist in the current context

Here’s one example…


<%@ Page Title="" Language="C#" MasterPageFile="~/Members/Members.master" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Jobs.aspx.cs" Inherits="Members_Jobs" %>

<%@ Register Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="aj" %>

<asp:Content ID="Content1" ContentPlaceHolderID="head" runat="server">
<asp:Content ID="Content2" ContentPlaceHolderID="ContentPlaceHolder1" runat="server">
    <asp:UpdatePanel runat="server" ID="upJobs">
            <!-- page content goes here -->


public partial class Members_Jobs : System.Web.UI.Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)
            gvItems.Visible = false;

            pnlCallback.Visible = false;
            pnlInsurer.Visible = false;

    // more goes down here

Here’s a sample of the designer.cs file…

namespace stman.Members {

    public partial class Jobs {

        /// <summary>
        /// upJobs control.
        /// </summary>
        /// <remarks>
        /// Auto-generated field.
        /// To modify move field declaration from designer file to code-behind file.
        /// </remarks>
        protected global::System.Web.UI.UpdatePanel upJobs;

I know this error means that the control being referenced generally doesn’t exist or is not a part of the class that’s referencing it, but as far as I can see, that isn’t the case here.

Can anyone provide some insight?

VS2012 Screenshot



This is the phyiscal file -> CodeFile="Jobs.aspx.cs"

This is the class which handles the events of the page -> Inherits="Members_Jobs"


This is the partial class which manages the page events -> public partial class Members_Jobs : System.Web.UI.Page

The other part of the partial class should be -> public partial class Members_Jobs this is usually the designer file.

you dont need to have partial classes and could declare your controls all in 1 class and not have a designer file.

EDIT 27/09/2013 11:37

if you are still having issues with this I would do as Bharadwaj suggested and delete the designer file. You can then right-click on the page, in the solution explorer, and there is an option, something like “Convert to Web Application”, which will regenerate your designer file

Answered By – Secret Squirrel

Answer Checked By – Candace Johnson (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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