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Getting Started with the Drawer

This tutorial explains how to set up a basic Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Drawer and highlights the major steps in the configuration of the component.

You will initialize a drawer with four items. To display dedicated textual content for each Drawer item, you will add event handling. Finally, you can run the sample code in Telerik REPL and continue exploring the components.

Sample Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Drawer

Prerequisites

To successfully complete the tutorial, you need a project that is already configured to use the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core components:

  • You can use the Telerik REPL playground and skip installing the components on your system and configuring a project.

  • You can prepare a Visual Studio project by following ether of these guides:

1. Prepare the CSHTML File

The first step is to add the required directives at the top of the .cshtml document:

  • To use the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core HtmlHelpers:

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI
    
  • To use the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core TagHelpers:

    @addTagHelper *, Kendo.Mvc
    

2. Initialize the Drawer

Use the Drawer HtmlHelper or TagHelper to add the component to a page:

  • The Name() configuration method is mandatory as its value is used for the id and the name attributes of the Drawer element.

  • The Mini() configuration method enables the compact view of the drawer. You can use the mini mode to display the icons of the items when the Drawer is collapsed.

  • The Templates() allow you to configure the individual Drawer items and their rendering:

    • To define each item that you want to render, use the drawer-item data role.
    • To render separators between the items, use the drawer-separator data role.
    • To add icons with a span, use the k-icon class combined with the desired Kendo UI for jQuery web font icon class.
    • To ensure that the icons and the text have sufficient padding, wrap the item template text in a span with the k-item-text class.

      To learn more about the CSS and state classes that you can use to customize the appearance of the components, see the Components Rendering article.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    @(Html.Kendo().Drawer()
        .Name("drawer")
        .Mini(true)
        .Template(@"
            <ul>
                <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favorites'>Favorites</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            </ul>
        "))
    @addTagHelper *, Kendo.Mvc

    <script id="template" type="text/x-kendo-template">
        <ul>
            <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favourites'>Favourites</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
        </ul>
    </script>

    <kendo-drawer name="drawer"
        template-id="template">
        <mini enabled="true"/>
    </kendo-drawer>

3. Configure the Drawer Interaction Mode

You can define how the Drawer interacts with the content in its items. In this tutorial, you will configure the drawer to push the content to the side by using Mode("push").

In addition, you can use the AutoCollapse method to stop the Drawer from automatically collapsing when the user clicks an item.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    @(Html.Kendo().Drawer()
        .Name("drawer")
        .Mini(true)
        .Mode("push")
        .AutoCollapse(false)
        .Template(@"
            <ul>
                <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favorites'>Favorites</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            </ul>
        "))
    @addTagHelper *, Kendo.Mvc

    <script id="template" type="text/x-kendo-template">
        <ul>
            <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favourites'>Favorites</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
        </ul>
    </script>

    <kendo-drawer name="drawer"
        template-id="template"
        auto-collapse="false"
        mode="push"    >
        <mini enabled="true"/>
    </kendo-drawer>

4. Add Content

Next, add some basic content to the Drawer items by using the Content() method. Later in this tutorial, you will configure the Drawer to show only the content for the selected Drawer item.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    @(Html.Kendo().Drawer()
        .Name("drawer")
        .Mini(true)
        .Template(@"
            <ul>
                <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favorites'>Favorites</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            </ul>
        ")
        .Content(@"
            <div id='drawer-content'>
                <div id='Inbox' >
                    <p>You're all caught up.</p>
                </div>
                <div id='Notifications' class='hidden'>
                    <p>You don't have any notifications.</p>
                </div>
                <div id='Calendar' class='hidden'>
                    <p>Nothing scheduled for today.</p>
                </div>

                <div id='Favorites' class='hidden'>
                    <p>Your favorites will appear here.</p>                    
                </div>
            </div>
        "))
    @addTagHelper *, Kendo.Mvc

    <script id="template" type="text/x-kendo-template">
        <ul>
            <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favourites'>Favorites</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
        </ul>
    </script>

    <kendo-drawer name="drawer"
        template-id="template"
        auto-collapse="false"
        mode="push"    >
        <mini enabled="true"/>
        <content>
            <div id='drawer-content'>
                <div id='Inbox'>
                    <p>You're all caught up.</p>
                </div>
                <div id='Notifications' class='hidden'>
                    <p>You don't have any notifications.</p>
                </div>
                <div id='Calendar' class='hidden'>
                    <p>Nothing scheduled for today.</p>
                </div>

                <div id='Favorites' class='hidden'>
                    <p>Your favorites will appear here.</p> 
                </div>
            </div>
        </content>
    </kendo-drawer>

5. Handle a Drawer Event

The Drawer exposes an ItemClick() event that you can handle and assign specific functions to the component. In this tutorial, you will use the ItemClick() event to display the content in the selected Drawer item.

To hide the content for the items that aren't currently selected, you will apply the hidden CSS style.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    @(Html.Kendo().Drawer()
        .Name("drawer")
        .Mini(true)
        .Mode("push")
        .AutoCollapse(false)
        .Template(@"
            <ul>
                <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favorites'>Favorites</span></li>
                <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            </ul>
        ")
        .Content(@"
            <div id='drawer-content'>
                <div id='Inbox' >
                    <p>You're all caught up.</p>
                </div>
                <div id='Notifications' class='hidden'>
                    <p>You don't have any notifications.</p>
                </div>
                <div id='Calendar' class='hidden'>
                    <p>Nothing scheduled for today.</p>
                </div>

                <div id='Favorites' class='hidden'>
                    <p>Your favorites will appear here.</p>                    
                </div>
            </div>
        ")
        .Events(x => x.ItemClick("onItemClick")))

    <script>
        function onItemClick(e) {
            if(!e.item.hasClass("k-drawer-separator")){
                e.sender.drawerContainer.find("#drawer-content > div").addClass("hidden");
                e.sender.drawerContainer.find("#drawer-content").find("#" + e.item.find(".k-item-text").attr("data-id")).removeClass("hidden");
            }
        }
    </script>

    <style>
        .hidden {
            display: none;
        }
    </style>

    @addTagHelper *, Kendo.Mvc

    <script id="template" type="text/x-kendo-template">
        <ul>
            <li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-selected'><span class='k-icon k-i-inbox'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Inbox'>Inbox</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-notification k-i-bell'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Notifications'>Notifications</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-calendar'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Calendar'>Calendar</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-star-outline k-i-bookmark-outline'></span><span class='k-item-text' data-id='Favourites'>Favourites</span></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
        </ul>
    </script>

    <kendo-drawer name="drawer"
                template-id="template" 
                mode="push" 
                auto-collapse="false" 
                on-item-click="onItemClick">
                <mini enabled="true"/>

                <content>
                    <div id='drawer-content'>
                        <div id='Inbox'>
                            <p>You're all caught up.</p>
                        </div>
                        <div id='Notifications' class='hidden'>
                            <p>You don't have any notifications.</p>
                        </div>
                        <div id='Calendar' class='hidden'>
                            <p>Nothing scheduled for today.</p>
                        </div>

                        <div id='Favorites' class='hidden'>
                            <p>Your favorites will appear here.</p> 
                        </div>
                    </div>
                </content>
    </kendo-drawer>

    <script>
        function onItemClick(e) {
            if(!e.item.hasClass("k-drawer-separator")){
                e.sender.drawerContainer.find("#drawer-content > div").addClass("hidden");
                e.sender.drawerContainer.find("#drawer-content").find("#" + e.item.find(".k-item-text").attr("data-id")).removeClass("hidden");
            }
        }
    </script>

    <style>
        .hidden {
            display: none;
        }
    </style>

For more examples, refer to the demo on using the events of the Drawer.

6. (Optional) Reference Existing Drawer Instances

You can reference the Drawer instances that you have created and build on top of their existing configuration:

  1. Use the id attribute of the component instance to establish a reference.

    <script>
        var drawerReference = $("#drawer").data("kendoDrawer"); // drawerReference is a reference to the existing instance of the helper.
    </script>
    
  2. Use the Drawer client-side API to control the behavior of the widget. In this example, you will use the hide method to hide the Drawer.

    <script>
        var drawerReference = $("#drawer").data("kendoDrawer"); // drawerReference is a reference to the existing instance of the helper.
        drawerReference.show(); // Show (expand) the Drawer instance.
    </script>
    

For more information on referencing specific helper instances, see the Methods and Events article.

Explore this Tutorial in REPL

You can continue experimenting with the code sample above by running it in the Telerik REPL server playground:

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