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Date Posted Product Author
April 07, 2016 UI for WinForms Desislava Yordanova

Problem

Telerik UI for WinForms suite does not offer RadSearchBox out of the box. However, it can be easily achieved by using a RadTextBox with a RadButtonElement inside it.

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Solution

We will create a derivative of RadTextBox and after the text box element is initialized, we should add a RadButtonElement with the appropriate image in the hosted text box container. When the button element is clicked, the custom defined Search event will be triggered. This is the appropriate place to perform the custom search logic that you need. You can find below a complete code snippet:

public Form1()
{
    InitializeComponent();
    SearchTextBox searchBox = new SearchTextBox();
    searchBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 20);
    searchBox.Location = new Point(10, 200);
    searchBox.Search += searchBox_Search;
    this.Controls.Add(searchBox);
}
private void searchBox_Search(object sender, SearchTextBox.SearchBoxEventArgs e)
{
    RadMessageBox.Show("Search >> " + e.SearchText);
}
public class SearchTextBox : RadTextBox
{
    public override string ThemeClassName
    {
        get
        {
            return typeof(RadTextBox).FullName;
        }
    }
    protected override void OnLoad(Size desiredSize)
    {
        base.OnLoad(desiredSize);
        searchButton.ButtonFillElement.Visibility = Telerik.WinControls.ElementVisibility.Collapsed;
        searchButton.ShowBorder = false;
    }
    RadButtonElement searchButton = new RadButtonElement();
    protected override void InitializeTextElement()
    {
        base.InitializeTextElement();
        this.TextBoxElement.TextBoxItem.NullText = "Enter search criteria";
        searchButton.Click += new EventHandler(button_Click);
        searchButton.Margin = new Padding(0, 0, 0, 0);
        searchButton.Text = string.Empty;
        searchButton.Image = Properties.Resources.SearchIcon;
        StackLayoutElement stackPanel = new StackLayoutElement();
        stackPanel.Orientation = Orientation.Horizontal;
        stackPanel.Margin = new Padding(1, 0, 1, 0);
        stackPanel.Children.Add(searchButton);
        RadTextBoxItem tbItem = this.TextBoxElement.TextBoxItem;
        this.TextBoxElement.Children.Remove(tbItem);
        DockLayoutPanel dockPanel = new DockLayoutPanel();
        dockPanel.Children.Add(stackPanel);
        dockPanel.Children.Add(tbItem);
        DockLayoutPanel.SetDock(tbItem, Telerik.WinControls.Layouts.Dock.Left);
        DockLayoutPanel.SetDock(stackPanel, Telerik.WinControls.Layouts.Dock.Right);
        this.TextBoxElement.Children.Add(dockPanel);
    }
    public class SearchBoxEventArgs : EventArgs
    {
        private string searchText;
        public string SearchText
        {
            get
            {
                return searchText;
            }
            set
            {
                searchText = value;
            }
        }
    }
    public event EventHandler<SearchBoxEventArgs> Search;
    private void button_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        SearchBoxEventArgs newEvent = new SearchBoxEventArgs();
        newEvent.SearchText = this.Text;
        SearchEventRaiser(newEvent);
    }
    private void SearchEventRaiser(SearchBoxEventArgs e)
    {
        if (Search != null)
            Search(this, e);
    }
}

Public Sub New()
    InitializeComponent()
    Dim searchBox As New SearchTextBox()
    searchBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(200, 20)
    searchBox.Location = New Point(10, 200)
    AddHandler searchBox.Search, AddressOf searchBox_Search
    Me.Controls.Add(searchBox)
End Sub
Private Sub searchBox_Search(sender As Object, e As SearchTextBox.SearchBoxEventArgs)
    RadMessageBox.Show("Search >> " & e.SearchText)
End Sub
Public Class SearchTextBox
Inherits RadTextBox
    Public Overrides Property ThemeClassName As String
        Get
            Return GetType(RadTextBox).FullName
        End Get
        Set(value As String)
            MyBase.ThemeClassName = value
        End Set
    End Property
    Protected Overrides Sub OnLoad(desiredSize As Size)
        MyBase.OnLoad(desiredSize)
        searchButton.ButtonFillElement.Visibility = Telerik.WinControls.ElementVisibility.Collapsed
        searchButton.ShowBorder = False
    End Sub
    Private searchButton As RadButtonElement
    Protected Overrides Sub InitializeTextElement()
        MyBase.InitializeTextElement()
        searchButton = New RadButtonElement()
        Me.TextBoxElement.TextBoxItem.NullText = "Enter search criteria"
        AddHandler searchButton.Click, AddressOf button_Click
        searchButton.Margin = New Padding(0, 0, 0, 0)
        searchButton.Text = String.Empty
        searchButton.Image = My.Resources.SearchIcon
        Dim stackPanel As New StackLayoutElement()
        stackPanel.Orientation = Orientation.Horizontal
        stackPanel.Margin = New Padding(1, 0, 1, 0)
        stackPanel.Children.Add(searchButton)
        Dim tbItem As RadTextBoxItem = Me.TextBoxElement.TextBoxItem
        Me.TextBoxElement.Children.Remove(tbItem)
        Dim dockPanel As New DockLayoutPanel()
        dockPanel.Children.Add(stackPanel)
        dockPanel.Children.Add(tbItem)
        DockLayoutPanel.SetDock(tbItem, Telerik.WinControls.Layouts.Dock.Left)
        DockLayoutPanel.SetDock(stackPanel, Telerik.WinControls.Layouts.Dock.Right)
        Me.TextBoxElement.Children.Add(dockPanel)
    End Sub
    Public Class SearchBoxEventArgs
    Inherits EventArgs
        Private m_searchText As String
        Public Property SearchText() As String
            Get
                Return m_searchText
            End Get
            Set(value As String)
                m_searchText = value
            End Set
        End Property
    End Class
    Public Event Search As EventHandler(Of SearchBoxEventArgs)
    Private Sub button_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
        Dim newEvent As New SearchBoxEventArgs()
        newEvent.SearchText = Me.Text
        SearchEventRaiser(newEvent)
    End Sub
    Private Sub SearchEventRaiser(e As SearchBoxEventArgs)
        RaiseEvent Search(Me, e)
    End Sub
End Class

A complete solution in C# and VB.NET can be found here.

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