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# ContextMenu

# Description

This plugin creates the Handsontable Context Menu. It allows to create a new row or column at any place in the grid among other features. Possible values:

  • true (to enable default options),
  • false (to disable completely)
  • { uiContainer: containerDomElement } (to declare a container for all of the Context Menu's dom elements to be placed in).

or array of any available strings:

  • 'row_above'
  • 'row_below'
  • 'col_left'
  • 'col_right'
  • 'remove_row'
  • 'remove_col'
  • 'undo'
  • 'redo'
  • 'make_read_only'
  • 'alignment'
  • '---------' (menu item separator)
  • 'borders' (with Options#customBorders turned on)
  • 'commentsAddEdit' (with Options#comments turned on)
  • 'commentsRemove' (with Options#comments turned on).

See the context menu demo for examples.


// as a boolean
contextMenu: true
// as a array
contextMenu: ['row_above', 'row_below', '---------', 'undo', 'redo']

# Options

# contextMenu

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contextMenu.contextMenu : boolean | Array<string> | object

The contextMenu option configures the ContextMenu plugin.

You can set the contextMenu option to one of the following:

Setting Description
false Disable the ContextMenu plugin
true - Enable the ContextMenu plugin
- Use the default context menu options
An array - Enable the ContextMenu plugin
- Modify individual context menu options
An object - Enable the ContextMenu plugin
- Apply a custom context menu configuration

Read more:

Default: undefined Example

// enable the `ContextMenu` plugin
// use the default context menu options
contextMenu: true,

// enable the `ContextMenu` plugin
// and modify individual context menu options
contextMenu: ['row_above', 'row_below', '---------', 'undo', 'redo'],

// enable the `ContextMenu` plugin
// and apply a custom context menu configuration
contextMenu: {
  items: {
    'option1': {
      name: 'option1'
    'option2': {
      name: 'option2',
      submenu: {
        items: [
            key: 'option2:suboption1',
            name: 'option2:suboption1',
            callback: function(key, options) {

# Members


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ContextMenu.DEFAULT_ITEMS ⇒ Array<string>

Context menu default items order when contextMenu options is set as true.

# Methods

# close

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Closes the menu.

# destroy

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Destroys the plugin instance.

# disablePlugin

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Disables the plugin functionality for this Handsontable instance.

# enablePlugin

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Enables the plugin functionality for this Handsontable instance.

# executeCommand

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contextMenu.executeCommand(commandName, ...params)

Execute context menu command.

You can execute all predefined commands:

  • 'row_above' - Insert row above
  • 'row_below' - Insert row below
  • 'col_left' - Insert column left
  • 'col_right' - Insert column right
  • 'clear_column' - Clear selected column
  • 'remove_row' - Remove row
  • 'remove_col' - Remove column
  • 'undo' - Undo last action
  • 'redo' - Redo last action
  • 'make_read_only' - Make cell read only
  • 'alignment:left' - Alignment to the left
  • 'alignment:top' - Alignment to the top
  • 'alignment:right' - Alignment to the right
  • 'alignment:bottom' - Alignment to the bottom
  • 'alignment:middle' - Alignment to the middle
  • 'alignment:center' - Alignment to the center (justify).

Or you can execute command registered in settings where key is your command name.

Param Type Description
commandName string The command name to be executed.
...params * Additional paramteres passed to command executor module.

# isEnabled

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contextMenu.isEnabled() ⇒ boolean

Checks if the plugin is enabled in the handsontable settings. This method is executed in Hooks#beforeInit hook and if it returns true than the ContextMenu#enablePlugin method is called.

# open

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Opens menu and re-position it based on the passed coordinates.

Param Type Description
event Event The mouse event object.

# updatePlugin

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Updates the plugin state. This method is executed when Core#updateSettings is invoked.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2024