Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX

By default, RadGrid does not apply a filter until the user clicks on the filter button and selects a filter function.

If you set AutoPostBackOnFilter property of a column to True, the user does not need to press the filter button to initiate filtering. Instead, a postback filter operation occurs when the user types a filter in the filter box and presses [Enter] from the keyboard or if the filter textbox loses focus.

When AutoPostBackOnFilter is True, the column assumes a filter operation of Contains for string types or EqualTo for numeric types. You can change this to another filter function by setting the CurrentFilterFunction property. For example:

<telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="ProductName" HeaderText="ProductName" SortExpression="ProductName"
  UniqueName="ProductName" CurrentFilterFunction="StartsWith" AutoPostBackOnFilter="true">
  1. Hook the onkeypress event of the search textbox

  2. Check whether the key code of the pressed key is 13 (or other if you want to perform search from other key)

  3. Find the button in the grid command item template (in our sample the button is wrapped in this template of the control)

  4. cancel/prevent the default bubbling and invoke the click() method of the button

  5. intercept the postback request in the ItemCommand handler of the grid and filter the records in it in par with the pattern typed by the user

The upcoming example uses ObjectDataSource and SelectParameter to represents the approach:

<script type="text/javascript">
    function doFilter(sender, e) {
        if (e.keyCode == 13) {
            var btn = document.getElementById('<%= RadGrid1.MasterTableView.GetItems(Telerik.Web.UI.GridItemType.CommandItem)(0).FindControl("btnSearch").ClientID %>');

            if (btn != null) {
                e.cancelBubble = true;
                e.returnValue = false;

                if (e.preventDefault) {

<telerik:RadGrid AllowFilteringByColumn="False" id="RadGrid1" runat="server" Width="500px" DataSourceID="ObjectDataSource1" AutoGenerateColumns="False" AllowPaging="True" PageSize="20">
     <MasterTableView CommandItemDisplay="Top">
               <div style="float: right">
                    <asp:Label ID="Label50" runat="server" Text="Filter:"></asp:Label>
                    <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlFieldName" runat="server">
                        <asp:ListItem Text="CustomerID" Value="CustomerID" Selected="True"></asp:ListItem>
                    <asp:TextBox ID="txtSearch" onkeypress="doFilter(this, event)" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
                    <asp:Button ID="btnSearch" runat="server" CommandName="btnSearch" Text="Filter" />
                    <asp:Button ID="btnShowAll" runat="server" CommandName="btnShowAll" Text="Show All" />
               <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="CompanyName" HeaderText="CompanyName" UniqueName="CompanyName">
<asp:ObjectDataSource ID="ObjectDataSource1" runat="server" SelectMethod="GetCustomers1" TypeName= "Northwind">
        <asp:SessionParameter Name="filter1" SessionField="filter1" Type="String" />

Similar approach is presented in this online demo of the product.