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Search within records in GridView with searchbox in footer and highlight results using AJAX and C# ASP.NET

Hi try this example to populate gridview without using sqlDataSource but by creating Sqlconnection and SqlCommand, i’ve put a textbox for text to search in footer of gridview using footer template , and the search results are highlighted using regular expression, i m using AJAX for partial postback and update progress template to show search progress

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true"
CodeFile="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="_Default" %>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head runat="server">
<title>Search and highlight Results in Grdiview
<style type="text/css">
.highlight {text-decoration:none; font-weight:bold;
color:black; background:yellow;}
<form id="form1" runat="server">
<asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server" />
<asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel1" runat="server">
<asp:GridView ID="grdSearch" runat="server"
   BackColor="white" BorderColor="Aqua"  AutoGenerateColumns="false" ShowFooter="true"    OnRowCommand="grdSearch_RowCommand">
   <FooterStyle BackColor="AliceBlue"   ForeColor="AntiqueWhite" />
   <PagerStyle BackColor="#99CCCC"  ForeColor="#003399" HorizontalAlign="Left" />
   <HeaderStyle BackColor="#003399"
   Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="#CCCCFF" />
   <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="FirstName">
   <asp:Label ID="lblFIrstName" runat="server" Text='<%# Highlight(Eval("FirstName").ToString()) %>'>
   <asp:TextBox ID="txtSearch" runat="server"  Width="70px"></asp:TextBox>
   <asp:Button ID="btnSearch" CommandName="Search"  runat="server" Text="Search"  Width="60px" />
   <asp:BoundField DataField="LastName"   HeaderText="LastName" />
    <asp:UpdateProgress ID="UpdateProgress1" runat="server">
    <br />
    <img src="Images/ajax.gif" alt="Searchig"  />

And the code behind first of all i m populating the Grid by making sqlconnection, Sqlcommand and fatching the data from database, than binding the data to grid view at Page_Load event after checking the page is not loading firs time by by checking flag of isPostBack

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
  string strConnection =ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["ConnectionString"];
  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 the text within results of GridView, which user enter in the TextBox to search

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 grid view,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 =(TextBox)grdSearch.FooterRow.FindControl("txtSearch");SearchText(txtGrid.Text);

Now to highlight the search text in results i m using regexp and replacing the the words found with highlighted in yellow color

public string Highlight(string InputTxt)
    GridViewRow gvr = grdSearch.FooterRow;
    if (gvr != null)
        TextBox txtExample =(TextBox)grdSearch.FooterRow.FindControl("txtSearch");
        if (txtExample.Text != null)
        string strSearch = txtExample.Text;
        //string Search_Str = txtGrid.Text.ToString();
        // Setup the regular expression
        //and add the Or operator.

        Regex RegExp =new Regex(strSearch.Replace(" ", "|").Trim(),RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);

        //Highlight keywords by calling the delegate
        //each time a keyword is found.
        return RegExp.Replace(InputTxt, new MatchEvaluator(ReplaceKeyWords));

        // Set the RegExp to null.
        RegExp = null;

            return InputTxt;
        return InputTxt;

public string ReplaceKeyWords(Match m)
    return "<span>" + m.Value + "</span>";

Hope this helps

Good Luck

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