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1) The desired behavior is not supported out-of-the-box, but if the Grid's width, and its column widths are expected to be static, you can apply custom position for part of the groupHeaderTemplate
2) You can handle the dataBound
event, and collapse the groups via the collapseGroup()
I have prepared a simple example, demonstrating the described suggestions:
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