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Cell Selection in JavaScript Grid control

18 May 2022 / 2 minutes to read

Cell selection can be done through simple mouse down or arrow keys (up, down, left, and right).

The grid supports two types of cell selection mode that can be set by using the selectionSettings.cellSelectionMode. They are:

  • Flow: The Flow value is set by default. The range of cells are selected between the start index and end index that includes in between cells of rows.
  • Box: Range of cells are selected from the start and end column indexes that includes in between cells of rows within the range.
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index.ts
index.html
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import { Grid } from '@syncfusion/ej2-grids';
import { data } from './datasource.ts';

let grid: Grid = new Grid({
dataSource: data,
enableHover: false,
selectionSettings: { cellSelectionMode: 'Box', type: 'Multiple', mode: 'Cell' },
columns: [
    { field: 'OrderID', headerText: 'Order ID', textAlign: 'Right', width: 120 },
    { field: 'CustomerID', headerText: 'Customer ID', width: 150 },
    { field: 'ShipCity', headerText: 'Ship City', width: 150 },
    { field: 'ShipName', headerText: 'Ship Name', width: 150 }
],
height: 315
});
grid.appendTo('#Grid');
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<head>
    <title>EJ2 Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Grid Control" />
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion" />
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-base/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-grids/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-buttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-popups/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-navigations/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-dropdowns/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-lists/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-inputs/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-calendars/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    
    
    
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    
    
    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/systemjs/0.19.38/system.js"></script>
    <script src="systemjs.config.js"></script>
    <style>
        .e-row[aria-selected="true"] .e-customizedExpandcell {
            background-color: #e0e0e0;
        }
        .e-grid.e-gridhover tr[role='row']:hover {
            background-color: #eee;
        }
        .e-expand::before {
        content: '\e5b8';
    }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <div id='loader'>Loading....</div>
    <script id="template" type="text/x-template">
        <input id='${OrderID}' value='${Freight}' class='custemp' type='text' style='width: 100%'>
    </script>
    <div id='container'>
        <div id='Grid'></div>        
    </div>
</body>
</html>

Cell selection requires the selectionSettings.mode to be Cell or Both, and type should be Multiple.

Toggle selection

The Toggle selection allows to perform selection and unselection of the particular row or cell or column. To enable toggle selection, set enableToggle property of the selectionSettings as true. If you click on the selected row or cell or column then it will be unselected and vice versa.

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index.ts
index.html
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import { Grid } from '@syncfusion/ej2-grids';
import { data } from './datasource.ts';

let grid: Grid = new Grid({
dataSource: data,
selectionSettings: {enableToggle: true},
columns: [
    { field: 'OrderID', headerText: 'Order ID', textAlign: 'Right', width: 120 },
    { field: 'CustomerID', headerText: 'Customer ID', width: 150 },
    { field: 'ShipCity', headerText: 'Ship City', width: 150 },
    { field: 'ShipName', headerText: 'Ship Name', width: 150 }
],
height: 315
});
grid.appendTo('#Grid');
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<head>
    <title>EJ2 Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Grid Control" />
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion" />
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-base/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-grids/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-buttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-popups/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-navigations/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-dropdowns/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-lists/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-inputs/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-calendars/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    
    
    
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    
    
    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/systemjs/0.19.38/system.js"></script>
    <script src="systemjs.config.js"></script>
    <style>
        .e-row[aria-selected="true"] .e-customizedExpandcell {
            background-color: #e0e0e0;
        }
        .e-grid.e-gridhover tr[role='row']:hover {
            background-color: #eee;
        }
        .e-expand::before {
        content: '\e5b8';
    }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <div id='loader'>Loading....</div>
    <script id="template" type="text/x-template">
        <input id='${OrderID}' value='${Freight}' class='custemp' type='text' style='width: 100%'>
    </script>
    <div id='container'>
        <div id='Grid'></div>        
    </div>
</body>
</html>
  • If multi selection is enabled, then first click on any selected row (without pressing Ctrl key), it will clear the multi selection and in second click on the same row, it will be unselected.