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Search in hidden fields of the Grid


Product Grid for Blazor


I want to customize the Grid Toolbar Searchbox, so it also searches in the hidden fields of the Grid and not only in the visible ones. How to achieve that?


By default, the Grid looks in all string fields in its currently visible columns. You can customize the SearchBox, so the Grid will search only in certain columns. However, the search will still be based on the visible fields provided to the Fields parameter of the GridSearchBox.

If you want to search in the hidden fields of the Grid, do the following:

  • Bind the Grid with an OnRead event handler.
  • In the OnRead handler, check if there is a filter applied in args.Request.Filters.
  • The applied filters are of type CompositeFilterDescriptor. The composite filter descriptor has a FilterDescriptors property, which holds a collection plain single-field FilterDescriptors. Each of the FilterDescriptor in the search descriptor targets one of the visible columns.
  • Obtain the search string from the SearchFilter property of the Grid state. It holds a CompositeFilterDescriptor too.
  • Add one additional FilterDescriptor to the search CompositeFilterDescriptor for every hidden column.

Search in hidden Grid columns

@using Telerik.DataSource.Extensions
@using Telerik.DataSource

<TelerikGrid @ref="@GridRef"
        <strong style="color:#900">Search for "secret#", where # is the ID number:</strong>
        <GridSearchBox DebounceDelay="200"></GridSearchBox>
        <GridColumn Field="@nameof(GridItem.ID)" />
        <GridColumn Field="@nameof(GridItem.Name)" />
        <GridColumn Field="@nameof(GridItem.Secret)" Visible="false" />

@code {
    private TelerikGrid<GridItem> GridRef { get; set; }

    private List<GridItem> GridData { get; set; }

    private async Task OnGridRead(GridReadEventArgs args)
        // check if we have any filtering at all
        if (args.Request.Filters.Count > 0)
            // get the search string from the Grid state
            var searchDescriptor = (CompositeFilterDescriptor)GridRef.GetState().SearchFilter;
            var searchString = (searchDescriptor?.FilterDescriptors[0] as FilterDescriptor)?.Value.ToString();

            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(searchString))
                // locate the search filter descriptor among all others in the request
                // if Grid filtering is disabled, then args.Request.Filters will contain only the search descriptor
                foreach (var rootFilterDescriptor in args.Request.Filters)
                    // in versions 3.x: row filters are FilterDescriptors; search and menu filters are CompositeFilterDescriptors
                    // in versions 4.x: all filters are CompositeFilterDescriptors
                    var filterDescriptor = rootFilterDescriptor as CompositeFilterDescriptor;
                    var filterString = (filterDescriptor.FilterDescriptors[0] as FilterDescriptor).Value.ToString();

                    if (searchString == filterString)
                        // add a descriptor for each hidden column that you want to search in
                        filterDescriptor.FilterDescriptors.Add(new FilterDescriptor()
                            Member = "Secret",
                            MemberType = typeof(string),
                            Value = searchString,
                            Operator = FilterOperator.Contains


        var result = GridData.ToDataSourceResult(args.Request);

        args.Data = result.Data;
        args.Total = result.Total;

    protected override Task OnInitializedAsync()
        GridData = new List<GridItem>();

        for (int j = 1; j <= 10; j++)
            GridData.Add(new GridItem() { ID = j, Name = "Name " + j, Secret = "Secret" + j });

        return base.OnInitializedAsync();

    public class GridItem
        public int ID { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public string Secret { get; set; }

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