How to access the Page directly from the SearchBox Autocomplete?

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EnvironmentProduct: Sitefinity
Versions: 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x
OS: All supported OS versions
Database: All supported Microsoft SQL Server versions
Question/Problem Description
How to access the Page directly from the SearchBox Autocomplete without having to wait for the Search results ?
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By design it is not currently possible to achieve this behavior. Note that the service that is called via Ajax returns a json of strings with the suggestions, not Urls:
namespace Telerik.Sitefinity.Search.Impl.Services.DTO
/// Class that represents the service stack suggestions response object.
public class SuggestionsResponse
/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets the suggestions result
public string[] Suggestions { get; set; }

Class Telerik.Sitefinity.Search.Impl.Services.SearchWebService
/// Gets search suggestions
/// <param name="request">The request</param>
/// <returns>The suggestions response</returns>
[AddHeader(ContentType = "application/json")]
public SuggestionsResponse Get(SuggestionsRequest request)
using (new CultureRegion(request.Language))
var text = request.Text;
var resultSuggestions = new HashSet<string>();
if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(text))
IEnumerable<string> suggestionFieldsArray = string.IsNullOrEmpty(request.SuggestionFields) ? new string[0] : request.SuggestionFields.Split(',').Select(s => s.Trim());
var queryBuilder = ObjectFactory.Resolve<IQueryBuilder>();
var searchQuery = queryBuilder.BuildQuery(text, suggestionFieldsArray);
searchQuery.IndexName = request.IndexName;
searchQuery.Skip = 0;
searchQuery.Take = 10;
searchQuery.EnableExactMatch = false;
searchQuery.HighlightedFields = suggestionFieldsArray;
var result = ServiceBus.ResolveService<ISearchService>().Search(searchQuery);
var suggestionsResult = result.Select(d => d.GetValue(PublishingConstants.SuggestionsField) as List<string>);
var enoughResultsFound = false;
var maxSuggestionsCount = Config.Get<SearchConfig>().MaxSuggestionsCount;
foreach (var suggestions in suggestionsResult)
foreach (var suggestion in suggestions)
var currentSuggestion = this.FormatSuggestion(suggestion, text);
if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(currentSuggestion))
if (resultSuggestions.Count >= maxSuggestionsCount)
enoughResultsFound = true;
if (enoughResultsFound) break;
return new SuggestionsResponse() { Suggestions = resultSuggestions.ToArray() };

As a workaround consider implementing a custom service as well as customizing the SearchBox control.

A related article is listed below:

How to show the content's title in the Search Suggestions (Autocomplete) instead

Last Modified Date3/20/2017 3:32 PM

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