Select a single cell, a range of adjacent cells, or multiple non-adjacent ranges of cells.
Selection enables you to select a single cell or ranges of cells within Handsontable. Once selected, you can retrieve data from the cell, edit the cell's contents, or change the style of the cell.
With this feature, you can select single cells or ranges of cells across a grid. Easily retrieve the coordinates of the selected cells to clear or change the cells' content.
Use Cmd on Mac or Ctrl on Windows to select non-adjacent ranges of cells.
There are different modes in which you can use this plugin. Choose between selecting a single cell, a range of adjacent cells, and multiple non-adjacent ranges of cells.
Possible values of
single- A single cell can be selected.
range- Multiple cells within a single range can be selected.
multiple- Multiple, non-adjacent ranges of cells can be selected.
Get data from the selected ranges
To retrieve the selected cells as an array of arrays, you use the
Modify the selected cells
You may want to delete, format, or otherwise change the selected cells. For example, you can change a value or add CSS classes to the selected cells using the demo below.
Style the selection area
The background color can be easily changed using CSS styles. The main, light blue background color is defined in the
For non-adjacent selection, multiple classes are making each level a bit darker. These classes are called
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to change the border color of the selection.
Jump across the grid's edges
When you use keyboard navigation, and you cross an edge of the grid, you can set cell selection to jump to the opposite edge.
Jump across vertical edges
To enable jumping across the left and right edges:
- Set the
autoWrapRowconfiguration option to
To jump across a vertical edge:
- When cell selection is on a row's first cell, press the left arrow key.
- When cell selection is on a row's last cell, press the right arrow key, or press Tab.
Jump across horizontal edges
To enable jumping across the top and bottom edges:
- Set the
autoWrapColconfiguration option to
To jump across a horizontal edge:
- When cell selection is on a column's first cell, press the up arrow key.
- When cell selection is on a column's last cell, press the down arrow key, or press Enter.
Related keyboard shortcuts
|Ctrl + A||Cmd + A||Select all cells and headers||✓||✓|
|Ctrl + Shift + ↑||Cmd + Shift + ↑||Extend the selection to the first cell of the current column**||✓||✓|
|Ctrl + Shift + ↓||Cmd + Shift + ↓||Extend the selection to the last cell of the current column**||✓||✓|
|Ctrl + Shift + ←||Cmd + Shift + ←||Extend the selection to the leftmost cell of the current row**||✓||✓|
|Ctrl + Shift + →||Cmd + Shift + →||Extend the selection to the rightmost cell of the current row**||✓||✓|
|Shift + Arrow keys||Shift + Arrow keys||Extend the selection by one cell||✓||✓|
|Shift + Home||Shift + Home||Extend the selection to the first non-frozen cell of the current row*||✓||✗|
|Shift + End||Shift + End||Extend the selection to the last non-frozen cell of the current row*||✗||✗|
|Shift + Page Up||Shift + Page Up||Extend the selection by one screen up||✓||✓|
|Shift + Page Down||Shift + Page Down||Extend the selection by one screen down||✓||✓|
|Ctrl + Enter||Cmd + Enter||Fill the selected range of cells with the value of the active cell||✗||✓|
|Delete||Delete||Clear the contents of the selected cells||✓||✓|
|Backspace||Backspace||Clear the contents of the selected cells||✓||✓|
* This action depends on your layout direction.
** In case of multiple selection layers, only the last selection layer gets extended.
Related API reference
- Configuration options:
- Core methods:
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