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Getting Started with WPF DataFilter

RadDataFilter is a control that allows you to filter your data. It allows you to create complex filter criteria within unlimited number of filter conditions combined by logical operators. You can easily add nested filter criteria by clicking on the button for adding nested operators. This topic will help you to quickly get started using this control. It will focus on the following:

Assembly References

To use the RadDataFilter in your projects you have to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data
  • Telerik.Windows.Data

You can find the required assemblies for each control from the suite in the Controls Dependencies help article.

Adding Telerik Assemblies Using NuGet

To use RadDataFilter when working with NuGet packages, install the Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data.for.Wpf.Xaml package. The package name may vary slightly based on the Telerik dlls set - Xaml or NoXaml

Read more about NuGet installation in the Installing UI for WPF from NuGet Package article.

Adding RadDataFilter

To use the RadDataFilter in the XAML you have to add the following namespace declaration:

Example 1: Namespace declaration

Example 2: Creating RadDataFilter

<telerik:RadDataFilter x:Name="radDataFilter" /> 

Configuring the RadDataFilter

You can configure RadDataFilter via the properties that it exposes. You can do the following:

  • Use DataAnotations to mark the members of your business objects. Read more

  • Use the RadDataFilter in Unbound Mode. Read more

  • Access the FilterDescriptors collection. Read more

Filtering a Collection

To learn more about the usage of the Source and the FilteredSource properties, read the Source and Filtered Source article.

RadDataFilter can filter any collection that implements the IEnumerable interface. The only thing that you have to do is to pass the collection to its Source property.

The collection in this example will hold business objects of type Employee. Here is the code for the Employee class:

Example 3: Defining the Employee class

public class Employee 
    public Employee( string name, string companyName, string title ) 
        this.Name = name; 
        this.CompanyName = companyName; 
        this.Title = title; 
    public string Name 
    public string CompanyName 
    public string Title 
Public Class Employee 
 Public Sub New(name As String, companyName As String, title As String) 
  Me.Name = name 
  Me.CompanyName = companyName 
  Me.Title = title 
 End Sub 
 Public Property Name() As String 
   Return m_Name 
  End Get 
   m_Name = Value 
  End Set 
 End Property 
 Private m_Name As String 
 Public Property CompanyName() As String 
   Return m_CompanyName 
  End Get 
   m_CompanyName = Value 
  End Set 
 End Property 
 Private m_CompanyName As String 
 Public Property Title() As String 
   Return m_Title 
  End Get 
   m_Title = Value 
  End Set 
 End Property 
 Private m_Title As String 
End Class 

Example 4: Creating RadDataFilter

<telerik:RadDataFilter x:Name="radDataFilter" /> 

Prepare a simple collection of employees and pass it to the Source property of the RadDataFilter.

Example 5: Creating a collection of Employees

ObservableCollection<Employee> employees = new ObservableCollection<Employee>(); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Maria Anders", "Alfreds Futterkiste", "Sales Representative" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Ana Trujillo", "Ana Trujillo Emparedados y helados", "Owner" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Antonio Moreno", "Antonio Moreno Taqueria", "Owner" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Thomas Hardy", "Around the Horn", "Sales Representative" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Hanna Moos", "Blauer See Delikatessen", "Sales Representative" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Frederique Citeaux", "Blondesddsl pere et fils", "Marketing Manager" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Martin Sommer", "Bolido Comidas preparadas", "Owner" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Laurence Lebihan", "Bon app'", "Owner" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Elizabeth Lincoln", "Bottom-Dollar Markets", "Accounting manager" ) ); 
employees.Add( new Employee( "Victoria Ashworth", "B's Beverages", "Sales representative" ) ); 
this.radDataFilter.Source = employees; 
Dim employees As New ObservableCollection(Of Employee)() 
employees.Add(New Employee("Maria Anders", "Alfreds Futterkiste", "Sales Representative")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Ana Trujillo", "Ana Trujillo Emparedados y helados", "Owner")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Antonio Moreno", "Antonio Moreno Taqueria", "Owner")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Thomas Hardy", "Around the Horn", "Sales Representative")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Hanna Moos", "Blauer See Delikatessen", "Sales Representative")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Frederique Citeaux", "Blondesddsl pere et fils", "Marketing Manager")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Martin Sommer", "Bolido Comidas preparadas", "Owner")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Laurence Lebihan", "Bon app'", "Owner")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Elizabeth Lincoln", "Bottom-Dollar Markets", "Accounting manager")) 
employees.Add(New Employee("Victoria Ashworth", "B's Beverages", "Sales representative")) 
Me.radDataFilter.Source = employees 

After the collection has been passed to the Source property, the user will be able to filter it via the RadDataFilter's UI. In order to learn how to access the filtered collection, please read the next section.

Filter RadGridView

RadGridView can be filtered through its RadGridView.Items collection. The Employees collection in this example holds business objects of type Employee and needs to be defined in the DataContext of the LayoutRoot Grid. You then need to pass it to the ItemsSource property of RadGridView. After that, you can create your RadDataFilter and bind its RadDataFilter.Source property to the RadGridView.Items collection using an ElementName binding.

Example 6: Binding the RadDataFilter to the Items collection of the RadGridView

<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" 
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" /> 
        <RowDefinition /> 
    <telerik:RadDataFilter x:Name="radDataFilter" 
                           Source="{Binding Items, ElementName=radGridView}"/> 
    <telerik:RadGridView x:Name="radGridView" 
                         ItemsSource="{Binding Employees}" 
            <telerik:GridViewDataColumn DataMemberBinding="{Binding Name}" /> 
            <telerik:GridViewDataColumn DataMemberBinding="{Binding CompanyName}" /> 
            <telerik:GridViewDataColumn DataMemberBinding="{Binding Title}" /> 

WPF RadDataFilter Bound to the Items collection of RadGridView

You can't use both RadDataFilter and RadGridView's built in filtering because they are automatically synchronized with each other.

Exposing the Filtered Collection

The filtered collection inside the RadDataFilter can be accessed via the FilteredSource property. It exposes this set of data matching to the current filter criteria. Here is an example of a ListBox that displays the data filtered by the RadDataFilter.

Example 7: Filtering data in a ListBox

<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" 
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" /> 
        <RowDefinition /> 
    <telerik:RadDataFilter x:Name="radDataFilter"/> 
    <ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding FilteredSource,ElementName=radDataFilter}" 

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Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadDataFilter, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data

Example 8 demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 8: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data.xaml"/> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

Figure 2 shows a RadDataFilter with the Windows8 theme applied.

Figure 2: RadDataFilter with the Windows8 theme

RadDataFilter with Windows8 theme

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