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ModelAdmin show all results on first load


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7 January 2010 at 2:13pm Community Member, 105 Posts

Was wondering if it is possible to show the results of a search (like show everything) when you first click on a ModelAdmin tab instead of having to do a search first?


7 January 2010 at 2:32pm 4085 Posts

Join the club.

It's a huge criticism of ModelAdmin, and personally I can't for the life of me figure out why they built it that way. Somewhere around the forums you'll find a Javascript hack that I use to force a list view by default. If you can't find it let me know and I'll dig it up.


7 January 2010 at 3:22pm Community Member, 105 Posts

Hey UncleCheese thanks for the response :)

I found the following but still doesn't really provide an answer :



Ingo Mentions

It uses DataObject::$default_sort. You can overload ModelAdmin->getResultsTable() and ModelAdmin->getCustomQuery() for any custom sorting.


You can overload the right template by adding a new Layout template called (see for clues on the necessary markup)

But I guess with out subclassing and overloading most of model admin this would be a real pain.

So if you could dig up that JS hack would be greatly appreciated!


11 January 2010 at 2:30pm (Last edited: 13 January 2010 5:03pm), Community Member, 105 Posts

Any luck finding the JS hack UncleCheese?

Edit: Anyone?????


29 January 2010 at 5:44pm (Last edited: 2 February 2010 9:02pm), Community Member, 105 Posts

Yes hacky but at least it loads some results when you first go to your ModelAdmin tab anyone has a better way please let me know


class ProductAdmin extends ModelAdmin {


function init()


(function($) {
$(document).ready(function() {

Note: the above form id passed to the jQuery selector will changed based on what you called your extended ModelAdmin class


21 March 2010 at 11:23am (Last edited: 21 March 2010 11:25am), Community Member, 98 Posts

And to trigger an empty search for each tab when clicked add this to CG's function for each managed model:

   $('a[href$=#Form_Product]').click(function() {

Again, replacing Product with your models class name.

The combobox version would just need some tweaking.


12 April 2011 at 9:10am Community Member, 9 Posts


That worked perfectly.


14 December 2011 at 7:41am Community Member, 2 Posts

For those of you that are using a Select instead of tabs, you can also try this JQuery solution:

$('#ModelClassSelector select').change(function () {
$('#SearchForm_holder form[id^=Form_SearchForm]').submit();