ASP.NET Search Records In GridView Footer And Highlight Results

Search Records In GridView Footer And Highlight Results using ajax in, In this example i am populating Gridview by creating Sqlconnection and SqlCommand.

I've put a textbox in FooterTemplate of gridview for text to search, and the search results are highlighted using regular expression, i m using AJAX for partial postback and update progress template to show search progress

   1:  <style type="text/css">
   2:  .highlight {text-decoration:none; font-weight:bold;
   3:  color:black; background:yellow;}
   4:  </style>
   5:  </head>
   6:  <body>
   7:  <form id="form1" runat="server">
   8:  <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server"/>
   9:  <asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel1" runat="server">
  10:  <ContentTemplate>
  11:  <div>
  12:  <asp:GridView ID="grdSearch" runat="server" 
  13:                ShowFooter="True"
  14:                OnRowCommand="grdSearch_RowCommand" 
  15:                AutoGenerateColumns="False">
  17:  <Columns>
  18:  <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="FirstName">
  19:  <ItemTemplate>
  20:  <asp:Label ID="lblFIrstName" runat="server"
  21:             Text='<%# Highlight(Eval("FirstName").ToString()) %>'/>
  22:  </ItemTemplate>
  24:  <FooterTemplate>
  25:  <asp:TextBox ID="txtSearch" runat="server"/>
  26:  <asp:Button ID="btnSearch" CommandName="Search" 
  27:              runat="server" Text="Search"/>
  28:  </FooterTemplate>
  29:  </asp:TemplateField>
  31:  <asp:BoundField DataField="LastName" HeaderText="LastName"/>
  32:  </Columns>
  33:  </asp:GridView>
  34:  </div>
  35:  </ContentTemplate>
  36:  </asp:UpdatePanel>
  38:  <asp:UpdateProgress ID="UpdateProgress1" runat="server">
  39:  <ProgressTemplate>
  40:  <br />
  41:  <img src="Images/ajax.gif" alt="Searchig"/>
  42:  </ProgressTemplate>
  43:  </asp:UpdateProgress>
  44:  </form>
  45:  </body>

Populate GridView by making SqlConnection and SqlCommand to fetch data from database, then bind the data to Grid in Page_Load event.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)

    private DataTable GetRecords()
        SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(strConnection);
        SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand();
        cmd.Connection = conn;
        cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
        cmd.CommandText = "Select * from Employees";
        SqlDataAdapter dAdapter = new SqlDataAdapter();
        dAdapter.SelectCommand = cmd;
        DataSet objDs = new DataSet();
        return objDs.Tables[0];


    private void BindGrid()
        DataTable dt = GetRecords();
        if (dt.Rows.Count > 0)
            grdSearch.DataSource = dt;

Now i've written a method to search GridView rows or records for the text entered in footer textbox by user

private void SearchText(string strSearchText)
        DataTable dt = GetRecords();
        DataView dv = new DataView(dt);
        string SearchExpression = null;
        if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(strSearchText))
            SearchExpression =
            string.Format("{0} '%{1}%'",
            grdSearch.SortExpression, strSearchText);

        dv.RowFilter = "FirstName like" + SearchExpression;
        grdSearch.DataSource = dv;

Next step is to check the command in RowCommand event of gridview,if it is what u've defined in while creating the button in footer of grid by assigning the commandname property, if yes than get the text entered by user in textbox placed in footer of gridview by using findcontrol method and pass this text to the search method written earlier by making a call to that method

protected void grdSearch_RowCommand(object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
        if (e.CommandName == "Search")
            TextBox txtGrid =

To highlight search results use regular expression and replace the the words found with highlighted in yellow color

public string Highlight(string InputTxt)
        GridViewRow gvr = grdSearch.FooterRow;
        if (gvr != null)
            TextBox txtExample =

            if (txtExample.Text != null)
                string strSearch = txtExample.Text;
                Regex RegExp =
                new Regex(strSearch.Replace(" ", "|").Trim(),
                RegExp.Replace(InputTxt, new MatchEvaluator(ReplaceKeyWords));
                RegExp = null;
                return InputTxt;
            return InputTxt;

    public string ReplaceKeyWords(Match m)
        return "" + m.Value + "";

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Mark Smith said...

That method is going to be an absolute killer for performance. Not only are you posting the whole page back every time a key is pressed, you are hitting the database to get the records every time.

amiT jaiN said...

@Mark Smith :I've altered the code ,download the new one and check it out

Mora said...

I think the returned data can be saved in a Cache or session and use the dataview to filter the rows and that will boost the performance

Shakti Singh Dulawat said...

This is very nice example mention my you, this is helpful for programming logic.

Abhay Goyal said...

Thanks Amit, That was really informative and it really works, Thankyou very much , I love it.
Keep writing and helping us out.

amiT jaiN said...

@Abhay Goyal:

Thanks for the appreciation :) , keep visiting

Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias!!!

Anil said...

great post !!!!!
it's working thanks
But, what if we want to search in all columns of dataview like 'name','ID','product' etc. (in single input search text)

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