The built-in Search Panel provides an easy way to search against multiple columns. This panel is displayed within the Group Panel. If the Group Panel is hidden, the Search Panel is shown above the Column Header Panel.
The table below lists the main properties affecting element behavior and appearance.
By default, an end-user can show and hide the Search Panel when required. To display the Search Panel, an end-user should press CTRL+F. To hide the Search Panel, press the ESC key (the first press clears the search box; the second press closes the Search Panel).
Searches are performed against a string specified by an end-user in a Search Panel's edit box. To specify a search string in code, use the DataControlBase.SearchString property.
DataControlBase.SearchColumns. By default, this property is set to "*". In this instance, a search is performed against all visible columns. To search against specific columns, specify the corresponding field names, delimiting them with the ";" character. You can also use the ColumnBase.AllowSearchPanel property to specify whether the column data is taken into account when using the search panel.
In its simplest form, a search criterion consists of a single word. To search for a string containing a space character, specify this string in quotation marks. Without quotation marks, words separated by the space character are treated as individual conditions (using the logical OR operator by default). To specify the logical operator, use the DataControlBase.SearchPanelCriteriaOperatorType property.
To search against a specific column, precede a search string with the column's display name plus a colon character.