# Selection

# Overview

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.

# Basic configuration

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-contiguous ranges of cells.

# Selecting ranges

There are different modes in which you can use this plugin. Choose between selecting a single cell, a range of adjacent cells, and multiple ranges of non-contiguous cells.

Possible values of selectionMode:

  • single - A single cell can be selected.
  • range - Multiple cells within a single range can be selected.
  • multiple - Multiple non-contiguous ranges of cells can be selected.

    # Getting data from the selected ranges

    To retrieve the selected cells as an array of arrays, you should use the getSelected() or getSelectedRange() methods.

      # Modifying 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.

        # Styling the selection area

        The background color can be easily changed using CSS styles. The main, light blue background color is defined in the .area class.

        For non-contiguous selection, multiple classes are making each level a bit darker. These classes are called area-1, area-2, etc.

        Unfortunately, there is no easy way to change the border color of the selection.

        # Jumping 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.

        # Jumping across vertical edges

        To enable jumping across the left and right edges:

        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.

        # Jumping across horizontal edges

        To enable jumping across the top and bottom edges:

        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.