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Possible to add global records search to regular search on front end? 
Jr. Member
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Joined:  2008-06-22

Hi, I really like how when you start typing in the global record search in the admin tool that it starts displaying matches as you type. 

Is it possible to have the front end search do this?

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Joined:  2008-05-19

I have been looking into this issue for a while now and have not come up with any results so I will post this issue here. 

In the admin section for magento when I enter a search term into the ‘global record search’ field at the top of the page, the please wait animation appears yet no search results are returned. The page basically freezes and the I have to close the browser in order to continue any work.

I would greatly appreciate any help in finding a solution to this issue.


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It uses javascript (duh)

this is how it’s done on the page:


span id="global_search_indicator" class="autocomplete-indicator" style="display: none">
img src="http://chris-fidaos-computer.local/~Chris/magento/skin/adminhtml/default/default/images/ajax-loader.gif" alt="Loading..." class="v-middle"/>
input id="global_search" name="query" type="text" class="input-text" value="Global Record Search" onfocus="if(this.value=='Global Record Search')this.value=''; " onblur="if(this.value=='')this.value='Global Record Search';" />
div id="global_search_autocomplete" class="autocomplete"></div>
script type="text/javascript">
.href li.getAttribute('url');

Hard part will be checking the Admin controller and seeing how it’s functioning....

Check out the function:  globalSearchAction()

(you can track that via the URL being called -

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