Selection

The Selection provides an interactive support to highlight the row, cell or column that you select. Selection can be done through simple Mouse down or Keyboard interaction. To enable selection, set the allowSelection as true.

Types of Selection

There are two types of selections available in Grid. They are as follows:

  1. Single
  2. Multiple

Single Selection

Single selection is an interactive support to select a specific row, cell or column in grid by mouse or keyboard interactions. To enable single selection set the selectionType property as single and also set the allowSelection property as true.

Multiple Selections

Multiple selections is an interactive support to select a group of rows, cells or columns in grid by mouse or keyboard interactions. To enable multiple selections set the selectionType property as multiple and also set the allowSelection property as true.

Row Selection

Row selection is enabled by setting the selectionMode property of selectionSettings as row. For random row selection, press “Ctrl + mouse left” click and for continuous row selection press “Shift + mouse left” click on the grid rows. To unselect the selected rows, press “Ctrl + mouse left” click on the selected row.

The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging : true,
                allowSelection : true,
                selectionType : "multiple",
                selectionSettings: {selectionMode: ["row"] },
                columns : ["OrderID", "EmployeeID", "ShipCity", "ShipCountry", "Freight"]
            });
        });
    }

    The following output is displayed as a result of the above code example.

    Multiple Row Selection using Checkbox Column

    Select multiple rows in grid by using the Checkbox column and it can be enabled by setting column type as checkbox. It also provides the option to select/deselect all the rows in Grid using a checkbox in the corresponding column header.

    If the field property of Checkbox column is not defined, then it acts as a template column. So, the field property is necessary to perform grid actions like sorting, editing, etc., for the corresponding Checkbox column.

    The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging: true,
                columns: [
                    { type: "checkbox", width: 50 }, //enables the checkbox column
                    { field: "OrderID", isPrimaryKey: true, width: 80, textAlign: ej.TextAlign.Right },
                    { field: "CustomerID", headerText: "Customer ID", width: 75 },
                    { field: "EmployeeID", headerText: "Employee ID", width: 75, textAlign: ej.TextAlign.Right },
                    { field: "Freight", headerText: "Freight", width: 75, textAlign: ej.TextAlign.Right, format: "{0:C}" },
                ]
            });
        });
    }

    The following output is displayed as a result of the above code example.

    Cell Selection

    Cell selection is enabled by setting the selectionMode property of selectionSettings as cell. For random cell selection, press “Ctrl + mouse left” click and for continuous cell selection, press “Shift + mouse left” click on the grid cells. To unselect selected cells, press “Ctrl + mouse left” on the selected cell.

    The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging: true,
                allowSelection: true,
                selectionType: "multiple",
                selectionSettings: { selectionMode: ["cell"] },
                columns: ["OrderID", "EmployeeID", "ShipCity", "ShipCountry", "Freight"]
            });
        });
    }

    The following output is displayed as a result of the above code example.

    Cell Selection Mode

    There are two types of cell selection available in grid. They are as follows:

    1. Continuous Selection
    2. Box Selection

    Box cell selection is to select multiple cells vertically based on the initial column index selection.

    The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging: true,
                allowSelection: true,
                selectionType: "multiple",
                selectionSettings: { selectionMode: ["cell"], cellSelectionMode: ej.Grid.CellSelectionMode.Box },
                columns: ["OrderID", "EmployeeID", "ShipCity", "ShipCountry", "Freight"]
            });
        });
    }

    The following output is displayed as a result of the above code example.

    Column Selection

    Column selection can be enabled by setting the selectionMode property of selectionSettings as column. For random column selection, press “Ctrl + mouse left click” and for continuous column selection, press “Shift + mouse left click” on the top of the column header. To unselect selected columns, press “Ctrl + mouse left click” on top of the selected column header.

    The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging: true,
                allowSelection: true,
                selectionType: "multiple",
                selectionSettings: { selectionMode: ["column"] },
                columns: ["OrderID", "EmployeeID", "ShipCity", "ShipCountry", "Freight"]
            });
        });
    }

    The following output is displayed as a result of the above code example.

    Touch options

    While using the Grid in a touch device environment, there is an option for multi selection through single tap on the row and it will show a popup with multi-selection symbol. Tap the icon to enable multi selection in a single tap.

    The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging : true,
                allowSelection : true,
                selectionType : "multiple",
                columns : ["OrderID", "EmployeeID", "ShipCity", "ShipCountry", "Freight"]
            });
        });
    }

    The following output is displayed as a result of the above code example.

    Toggle Selection

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

    NOTE

    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.

    The following code example describes the above behavior.

  • html
  • <div id="Grid"></div>
  • ts
  • /// <reference path="tsfiles/jquery.d.ts" />
    /// <reference path="tsfiles/ej.web.all.d.ts" />
    
    module GridComponent {
        $(function () {
            var gridInstance = new ej.Grid($("#Grid"), {
                //The datasource "window.gridData" is referred from 'http://js.syncfusion.com/demos/web/scripts/jsondata.min.js'
                dataSource: window["gridData"],
                allowPaging: true,
                enableRowHover: false,
                selectionSettings: { enableToggle: true },
                columns: ["OrderID", "EmployeeID", "ShipCity", "ShipCountry", "Freight"]
            });
        });
    }