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Excel-like filtering

Excel-Like filtering offers another way for filtering data in RadGridView by the end user. It is built in a way to mimic the standard excel filtering functionality and offers a dialog, which contains a list with distinct column values, from which the end user can chose.

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In addition Excel-Like filtering supports the default filters available thorough "Available Filter" menu item and custom filter form.

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Enabling the excel-like filtering is quite easy. You have to set the grid's properties EnableFiltering and ShowHeaderCellButtons:

Enabling Excel-like filtering

this.radGridView1.EnableFiltering = true;
this.radGridView1.MasterTemplate.ShowHeaderCellButtons = true;
this.radGridView1.MasterTemplate.ShowFilteringRow = false;

Me.RadGridView1.EnableFiltering = True
Me.RadGridView1.MasterTemplate.ShowHeaderCellButtons = True
Me.RadGridView1.MasterTemplate.ShowFilteringRow = False

Note that ShowHeaderCellButtons property can be specified on grid templates level, and scenarios with mixed filter functionality on the different hierarchy levels are possible. Also excel-like filtering will be synchronized with the previous filter row functionality if ShowFilteringRow remains true.

After enabling the Excel-like filtering feature, you may decide that you do not want it for a specific column. In this case you should set the AllowFiltering property of that column to false:

this.radGridView1.Columns["ContactName"].AllowFiltering = false;

Me.RadGridView1.Columns("ContactName").AllowFiltering = False

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Customizing Excel-like filtering popup

The FilterPopupRequired event is thrown just before filter popup showing. It gives access to current filter popup through FilterPopup argument and also allows setting up any custom made popup, which implements IGridFilterPopup interface.

Calendar filter popup

This popup allows convenient selection of specific date, or period. It will be shown for DateTime columns automatically and by default it contains three custom menu items – Today, Yestarday and During last 7 days. A customization of the custom items is possible through following methods: ClearCustomMenuItems, AddCustomMenuItem and RemoveCustomMenuItem. Here is how the default popup for DateTime column looks like:

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The following code demonstrates how to clear the default custom items, and how to add your own item to this popup:

void radGridView1_FilterPopupRequired(object sender, Telerik.WinControls.UI.FilterPopupRequiredEventArgs e)
    if (e.FilterPopup is RadDateFilterPopup)
        RadDateFilterPopup popup = (RadDateFilterPopup)e.FilterPopup;
        popup.AddCustomMenuItem("today", new DateFilterDescriptor(e.Column.Name, FilterOperator.IsEqualTo, DateTime.Today));

Private Sub radGridView1_FilterPopupRequired(sender As Object, e As Telerik.WinControls.UI.FilterPopupRequiredEventArgs) Handles RadGridView1.FilterPopupRequired
    If TypeOf e.FilterPopup Is RadDateFilterPopup Then
        Dim popup As RadDateFilterPopup = DirectCast(e.FilterPopup, RadDateFilterPopup)
        popup.AddCustomMenuItem("today", New DateFilterDescriptor(e.Column.Name, FilterOperator.IsEqualTo, DateTime.Today))
    End If
End Sub

Here is how the customized popup looks like

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Simple list filter popup

This popup allows easy and fast filtering based on simple list and one-click filter apply. It can be set up through FilterPopupRequired event:

void radGridView1_FilterPopupRequired1(object sender, Telerik.WinControls.UI.FilterPopupRequiredEventArgs e)
    if (e.Column.Name == "ShipCountry")
        e.FilterPopup = new RadSimpleListFilterPopup(e.Column);

Private Sub radGridView1_FilterPopupRequired1(sender As Object, e As Telerik.WinControls.UI.FilterPopupRequiredEventArgs) Handles RadGridView1.FilterPopupRequired
    If e.Column.Name = "ShipCountry" Then
        e.FilterPopup = New RadSimpleListFilterPopup(e.Column)
    End If
End Sub

As of R1 2021 RadSimpleListFilterPopup can filter the time part more precisely. It is possible through GridViewDateTimeColumn.FilteringTimePrecision property that allows to specify how the time part of the DateTime value will be evaluated while filtering. The possible values are Hour, Minute, Second, and All. FilteringTimePrecision property works with FilteringMode property of the column set to GridViewTimeFilteringMode.DateTime or GridViewTimeFilteringMode.Time.

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Grouped dates popup

This pop allows representation of date values grouped by year and month in a list. This simplifies the process of selecting more than one filtering criteria based on month or year.

Note that if there are a lot of values, there will be performance impact of selecting items on higher level (as month and year) because a lot of FilterDescriptors will be applied simultaneously.

void radGridView1_FilterPopupRequired2(object sender, Telerik.WinControls.UI.FilterPopupRequiredEventArgs e)
    if (e.Column.Name == "OrderDate")
        e.FilterPopup = new RadListFilterPopup(e.Column, true);

Private Sub radGridView1_FilterPopupRequired2(sender As Object, e As Telerik.WinControls.UI.FilterPopupRequiredEventArgs) Handles RadGridView1.FilterPopupRequired
    If e.Column.Name = "OrderDate" Then
        e.FilterPopup = New RadListFilterPopup(e.Column, True)
    End If
End Sub

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