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How to search the records in grid on each keystroke

Platform: JavaScript - EJ 2 |
Control: Grid


In Grid, search action has been been handled by Search item of the toolbar. By default, on pressing the Enter key, search action will be started.

To overcome the default behavior of the search action, we are searching the Grid in keystrokes. On each keystroke (over the input element), certain time interval (of debouncing) has been handled to search the Grid.  Using event delegation concept, you can handle the keydown event for the input textbox (Search item).

Define the Grid

Define the Grid with the load event where you can bind the keydown event for the Grid.

import { Grid, Page, Selection, Toolbar } from '@syncfusion/ej2-grids';
import { categoryData } from './data-source';
Grid.Inject(Page, Selection, Toolbar);
let grid: Grid = new Grid(
        dataSource: categoryData,
        allowPaging: true,
        toolbar: ['Search'],
        load: onLoad,
        columns: [
            { field: 'CategoryName', headerText: 'Category Name', width: 160 },
            { field: 'ProductName', headerText: 'Product Name', width: 170 },
            { field: 'QuantityPerUnit', headerText: 'Quantity Per Unit', width: 170, textAlign: 'Right' },
            { field: 'UnitsInStock', headerText: 'Units In Stock', width: 170, textAlign: 'Right' },
                field: 'Discontinued', headerText: 'Discontinued', width: 150,
                textAlign: 'Center', displayAsCheckBox: true, type: 'boolean'
        pageSettings: { pageCount: 5 }


In the Keydown listener, search action has been handled using the search method of the Grid.

// debouncing method

const debounce = (func, delay) => {

    let debounceTimer

    return function () {

        const context = this;

        const args = arguments;


        debounceTimer = setTimeout(() => func.apply(context, args), delay)




const onLoad = () => {

    // event delegation concept

    // debouncing concept

    grid.element.addEventListener('keydown', debounce((e) => {

        if (e.target.getAttribute('id').indexOf('_searchbar') !== - 1) {

            grid.search((e.target as HTMLInputElement).value);


    }, 250));





Grid with searched rows

Figure 1: Grid with the searched records

Typescript demo: https://stackblitz.com/edit/5g89yd-xhbewq?file=index.ts

Angular Demo: https://stackblitz.com/edit/angular-yta9sj?file=app.component.ts

React Demo: https://stackblitz.com/edit/react-hhbfey?file=index.js

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