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Copying and Pasting Multiple Excel Rows to the Grid


Product Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Grid
Progress Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core version Created with the 2022.3.1109 version


How can I enable the copying of multiple rows from Excel and pasting them in the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Grid component while having batch-editing operations enabled?


To achieve the desired scenario:

  1. Configure the CRUD operations for the Grid, in which you want to implement the copy-paste functionality, by using the Batch() configuration method for the Grid's DataSource to send all the requests at once.
  2. To handle the user interaction for pasting, subscribe to the contextMenu event, which is triggered, by clicking the right mouse button.
  3. Within the handler, create an empty text area which will act as a clipboard, and adjust its width and height to exclude the pager and the scrollbar.
  4. To map the pasted content directly within the Grid, handle the paste event. From there, create new data item instances by using the pasted content, and insert them into the Grid by using the insert() client-side method of the Grid's DataSource.
  5. If the user clicks to edit but the context menu is open and the text area is over the Grid's body, handle the click event and manually remove the created text area.
  6. To add a native UI look and feel, wire to the DataBound and add the dirty indicator to each of the newly pasted items.
        .Columns(columns => {
            columns.Bound(p => p.ProductName);
            columns.Bound(p => p.UnitPrice).Width(140);
            columns.Bound(p => p.UnitsInStock).Width(140);
            columns.Bound(p => p.Discontinued).Width(100);
            columns.Command(command => command.Destroy()).Width(150);
        .ToolBar(toolbar => {
        .Editable(editable => editable.Mode(GridEditMode.InCell))
        .Events(events => events.DataBound("onDataBound"))
        .DataSource(dataSource => dataSource
            .Events(events => events.Error("error_handler"))
            .Model(model => model.Id(p => p.ProductID))
            .Create("Editing_Create", "Grid")
            .Read("Editing_Read", "Grid")
            .Update("Editing_Update", "Grid")
            .Destroy("Editing_Destroy", "Grid")
<script type="text/javascript">
    function onDataBound(e){
        var grid = this;
        var rows = grid.items();
        rows.each(function(idx, row){ // Traverse through each of the rows.
            var dataItem = grid.dataItem(row); // Obtain the current data item instance.
            if(dataItem.isNew()){ // Assert whether the data item is a newly created one.
             var td = $(row).find("td");
             td.each(function(idx, cell){ // Traverse through each of the table data cells.
                  $(cell).prepend("<span class='k-dirty'></span>"); // Add a dirty indicator.
    $("#grid").on('contextmenu', function (e) {
      // Avoid the grid pager, headers and toolbar.
      if($(".k-link, .k-grid-toolbar, .k-grid-pager")){
      // Get the position of the Grid.
      var offset = $(this).find("table").offset();
      // Crete a textarea element which will act as a clipboard.
      var textarea = $("<textarea>");
      // Position the textarea on top of the Grid and make it transparent.
        position: 'absolute',
        left: offset.left,
        border: 'none',
        width: $(this).find("table").width(),
        height: $(this).find(".k-grid-content").height()
      .on("click", function(e){
        // In case user clicks to edit but the context menu is open and the textarea is over the grid's body.
       $(document.elementFromPoint(e.clientX, e.clientY)).click();
      .on('paste', function () {
        setTimeout(function () {
          var value = $.trim(textarea.val());
          var grid = $("[data-role='grid']").data("kendoGrid");
          var rows = value.split('\n');
          var data = [];    
          for (var i = 0; i < rows.length; i++) {
            var cells = rows[i].split('\t');
            var newItem = {
              ProductName: cells[0],
              UnitPrice: cells[1],
              UnitsInStock: cells[2],
              Discontinued: cells[3]

For the complete implementation of the suggested approach, refer to the Telerik REPL example on copying and pasting multiple rows from Excel to the Grid.

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