ASP.NET MVC ToolBar Overview

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The Telerik UI ToolBar HtmlHelper for ASP.NET MVC is a server-side wrapper for the Kendo UI ToolBar widget.

The ToolBar is designed to hold different types of controls such as buttons, button groups, toggle buttons, split buttons, and other customized elements. The ToolBar consists of the ToolBar wrapper, overflow anchor, and command overflow popup main areas. The wrapper holds all commands that can be placed within the available container width. The ones that have no space to fit are moved to the command overflow popup.

Initializing the ToolBar

The following example demonstrates how to define the ToolBar.

        .Items(items => {
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.Button).Text("Toggle Button").Togglable(true);
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.SplitButton).Text("Insert").MenuButtons(menuButtons =>
                menuButtons.Add().Text("Insert above").Icon("insert-top");
                menuButtons.Add().Text("Insert between").Icon("insert-middle");
                menuButtons.Add().Text("Insert below").Icon("insert-bottom");
    public class ToolBarController : Controller
        public ActionResult Index()
            return View();

Basic Configuration

The following example demonstrates the basic configuration of the ToolBar.

        .Items(items => {
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.Button).Text("Button 1").Id("button1").Click("buttonClickHandler");
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.Button).Text("Button 2").Id("button2").Click("buttonClickHandler");
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.Button).Togglable(true).Text("Toggle 1").Id("toggle1").Toggle("buttonToggleHandler");
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.Button).Togglable(true).Text("Toggle 2").Id("toggle2").Toggle("buttonToggleHandler");
            items.Add().Template("<input id='dropdown' style='width: 150px;' />").Overflow(ShowInOverflowPopup.Never);
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.SplitButton).Text("Split Button").Id("mainButton").Click("splitButtonClickHandler").MenuButtons(menuButtons =>
                menuButtons.Add().Text("Action 1").Id("action1");
                menuButtons.Add().Text("Action 2").Id("action2");
                menuButtons.Add().Text("Action 3").Id("action3");
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.ButtonGroup).Buttons(buttons =>
                buttons.Add().Text("Radio 1").Id("radio1").Togglable(true).Group("radio").Toggle("buttonToggleHandler");
                buttons.Add().Text("Radio 2").Id("radio2").Togglable(true).Group("radio").Toggle("buttonToggleHandler");
                buttons.Add().Text("Radio 3").Id("radio3").Togglable(true).Group("radio").Toggle("buttonToggleHandler");
            items.Add().Type(CommandType.Button).Text("Overflow button").Id("overflowButton").Overflow(ShowInOverflowPopup.Always);
        .Events(e => e.Click("onClick").Toggle("onToggle").Open("onOpen").Close("onClose").OverflowOpen("onOverflowOpen").OverflowClose("onOverflowClose"))

    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function() {
            // Initialize a DropDownList in the template of a ToolBar item.
                optionLabel: "Paragraph",
                dataTextField: "text",
                dataValueField: "value",
                dataSource: [
                    { text: "Heading 1", value: 1 },
                    { text: "Heading 2", value: 2 },
                    { text: "Heading 3", value: 3 },
                    { text: "Title", value: 4 },
                    { text: "Subtitle", value: 5 },

            // The Name() of the ToolBar is used to get its client-side instance.
            var toolbar = $("#ToolBar").data("kendoToolBar");

Functionality and Features

The ToolBar component provides the .NavigateOnTab() property which can be used to control its Keyboard Navigation.

For more advanced configuration options you can check:

  • Spacer—You can use the Spacer command type to move the tools that are declared after it to the right side of the ToolBar. The Spacer creates space between them and the tools that remain on the left.
  • Manual closing—You can configure the ToolBar to close its popup from a button click event.
  • Using FontAwesome icons—The ToolBar enables you to use FontAwesome icons through its SpriteCssClass configuration option.
  • Supported toolbar command types—The ToolBar supports various button command types.

Next Steps

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