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Casting DataGridview / BindingSource / Filter ?

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I have a DataGridView that is bound to a BindingSource, and I have a filter set. I need to cast this data to a DataTable. But when I do it it ignores the filter. How can I cast it and have it give me only the data that matches the filter?

Here is how I am casting it now:
dt = CType(DirectCast(Me.DGVSelectedBooks.DataSource, BindingSource).DataSource, DataTable)
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Question by:Jess31
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You want to use the List property of the BindingSource to retrieve the filtered list; e.g. -
dt = CType(CType(DGVSelectedBooks.DataSource, BindingSource).List, DataView).ToTable()

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Proof of concept:

Form1.vb -
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Runtime.CompilerServices

Public Class Form1

	Private Sub OnLoad(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
		BindingSource1.DataSource = (From i In Enumerable.Range(0, 20) Select New With {.ID = i, .FirstName = String.Format("{0}{1}", If(i Mod 5 = 0, "Paul", If(i Mod 4 = 0, "Larry", If(i Mod 3 = 0, "Susan", If(i Mod 2 = 0, "Mary", "Peter")))), i), .LastName = String.Format("LastName{0}", i), .BirthDate = DateTime.Now.AddYears(-(9 * i)), .IsWorking = i Mod 2 = 0}).ConvertToDataTable()
		DataGridView1.DataSource = BindingSource1
	End Sub

	Private Sub OnClick(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click, Button2.Click
		If TypeOf sender Is Button Then
			Dim btn = DirectCast(sender, Button)
			If btn.Equals(Button1) Then
				Try
					BindingSource1.Filter = TextBox1.Text
				Catch ex As Exception
					BindingSource1.Filter = ""
				End Try
			ElseIf btn.Equals(Button2) Then
				Dim child As Form = New Form() With {.AutoSize = True}
				Dim bnd As New BindingSource()
				bnd.DataSource = CType(CType(DataGridView1.DataSource, BindingSource).List, DataView).ToTable()
				Dim dgv As New DataGridView() With {.Dock = DockStyle.Fill}
				dgv.DataSource = bnd
				child.Controls.Add(dgv)
				child.ShowDialog()
			End If
		End If
	End Sub
End Class

Module Extensions
	<Extension()> _
	Public Function ConvertToDataTable(Of T)(ByVal source As IEnumerable(Of T)) As DataTable
		Dim properties As PropertyDescriptorCollection = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(GetType(T))
		Dim table As DataTable = New DataTable()

		For i As Integer = 0 To properties.Count - 1
			Dim [property] As PropertyDescriptor = properties(i)
			If [property].PropertyType.IsGenericType AndAlso [property].PropertyType.GetGenericTypeDefinition().Equals(GetType(Nullable)) Then
				table.Columns.Add([property].Name, [property].PropertyType.GetGenericArguments()(0))
			Else
				table.Columns.Add([property].Name, [property].PropertyType)
			End If
		Next

		Dim values(properties.Count - 1) As Object
		For Each item As T In source
			For i As Integer = 0 To properties.Count - 1
				values(i) = properties(i).GetValue(item)
			Next
			table.Rows.Add(values)
		Next

		Return table
	End Function
End Module

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Form1.Designer.vb -
<Global.Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.DesignerGenerated()> _
Partial Class Form1
	Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

	'Form overrides dispose to clean up the component list.
	<System.Diagnostics.DebuggerNonUserCode()> _
	Protected Overrides Sub Dispose(ByVal disposing As Boolean)
		Try
			If disposing AndAlso components IsNot Nothing Then
				components.Dispose()
			End If
		Finally
			MyBase.Dispose(disposing)
		End Try
	End Sub

	'Required by the Windows Form Designer
	Private components As System.ComponentModel.IContainer

	'NOTE: The following procedure is required by the Windows Form Designer
	'It can be modified using the Windows Form Designer.  
	'Do not modify it using the code editor.
	<System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThrough()> _
	Private Sub InitializeComponent()
		Me.components = New System.ComponentModel.Container()
		Me.DataGridView1 = New System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView()
		Me.TextBox1 = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox()
		Me.Label1 = New System.Windows.Forms.Label()
		Me.Button1 = New System.Windows.Forms.Button()
		Me.BindingSource1 = New System.Windows.Forms.BindingSource(Me.components)
		Me.Button2 = New System.Windows.Forms.Button()
		CType(Me.DataGridView1, System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize).BeginInit()
		CType(Me.BindingSource1, System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize).BeginInit()
		Me.SuspendLayout()
		'
		'DataGridView1
		'
		Me.DataGridView1.AutoSizeColumnsMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewAutoSizeColumnsMode.Fill
		Me.DataGridView1.ColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode = System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewColumnHeadersHeightSizeMode.AutoSize
		Me.DataGridView1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(13, 13)
		Me.DataGridView1.Name = "DataGridView1"
		Me.DataGridView1.RowHeadersVisible = False
		Me.DataGridView1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(468, 194)
		Me.DataGridView1.TabIndex = 0
		'
		'TextBox1
		'
		Me.TextBox1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(13, 229)
		Me.TextBox1.Name = "TextBox1"
		Me.TextBox1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(383, 20)
		Me.TextBox1.TabIndex = 1
		'
		'Label1
		'
		Me.Label1.AutoSize = True
		Me.Label1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(13, 210)
		Me.Label1.Name = "Label1"
		Me.Label1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(32, 13)
		Me.Label1.TabIndex = 2
		Me.Label1.Text = "Filter:"
		'
		'Button1
		'
		Me.Button1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(402, 227)
		Me.Button1.Name = "Button1"
		Me.Button1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(75, 23)
		Me.Button1.TabIndex = 3
		Me.Button1.Text = "Apply"
		Me.Button1.UseVisualStyleBackColor = True
		'
		'Button2
		'
		Me.Button2.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(13, 255)
		Me.Button2.Name = "Button2"
		Me.Button2.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(464, 23)
		Me.Button2.TabIndex = 4
		Me.Button2.Text = "Show Filtered DataTable"
		Me.Button2.UseVisualStyleBackColor = True
		'
		'Form1
		'
		Me.AutoScaleDimensions = New System.Drawing.SizeF(6.0!, 13.0!)
		Me.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font
		Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(489, 286)
		Me.Controls.Add(Me.Button2)
		Me.Controls.Add(Me.Button1)
		Me.Controls.Add(Me.Label1)
		Me.Controls.Add(Me.TextBox1)
		Me.Controls.Add(Me.DataGridView1)
		Me.Name = "Form1"
		Me.Text = "Form1"
		CType(Me.DataGridView1, System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize).EndInit()
		CType(Me.BindingSource1, System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize).EndInit()
		Me.ResumeLayout(False)
		Me.PerformLayout()

	End Sub
	Friend WithEvents DataGridView1 As System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView
	Friend WithEvents TextBox1 As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
	Friend WithEvents Label1 As System.Windows.Forms.Label
	Friend WithEvents Button1 As System.Windows.Forms.Button
	Friend WithEvents BindingSource1 As System.Windows.Forms.BindingSource
	Friend WithEvents Button2 As System.Windows.Forms.Button

End Class

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Produces the following output -

Initial load -Capture.JPGFiltered -Capture.JPGAfter pressing 'Show Filtered Data Table' -Capture.JPG
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