I would like to search the items in a Dataview webpart.
Is it possible to configure search in Dataview webpart?
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You can create a filtered webpart that connects with the DataView WebPart that filters based on a search result type of your choosing (Text, URL Parameter, Choice, etc). That acts as a search for that webpart.
I am trying to get the same thing accomplished and the best I have been able to find while still using a data view is to use an HTML form web part. It doesn't work as an actual search, as in you have to type the exact value in for it to return a result. This doesn't work in my situation, possibly could for yours.
My alternative that I am working on now is using search and creating a display template. I can use a content search web part and have close to the same format and functionality as a data view web part. With this I can use a search box and point the results to the web part as well.