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Programmatic Copy and Paste in the Editor


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How to implement Copy and Paste buttons in the Editor toolbar?

How can I copy and paste in the Editor component programmatically?


To programmatically copy from the Editor:

  1. Use a custom Editor tool that relies on plain HTML and completely client-side event handling. Do not use @onclick directives or Razor component events.
  2. On tool click (pure JavaScript event), obtain the window selection.
  3. Use the write() method of the browser Clipboard.

To programmatically paste in the Editor:

  1. Use a custom Editor tool that relies on plain HTML and completely client-side event handling. Do not use @onclick directives or Razor component events.
  2. On tool click (pure JavaScript event), use the read() method of the browser Clipboard.
  3. Pass the clipboard content to the .NET runtime with JSInterop.
  4. Use the insertHtml Editor command. For more information, see the section on programmatic execution and analyze if you will be pasting block content or inline content.

Programmatic copy and paste in the Telerik UI for Blazor Editor

@using Telerik.Blazor.Components.Editor

@inject IJSRuntime js

@implements IDisposable

<TelerikEditor @ref="@EditorRef"
        <EditorCustomTool Name="CustomCopy">
            <button class="k-button k-button-solid k-rounded-md k-button-md k-button-solid-base"
                <span class="k-button-text">Copy from Editor</span>
        <EditorCustomTool Name="CustomPaste">
            <button class="k-button k-button-solid k-rounded-md k-button-md k-button-solid-base"
                <span class="k-button-text">Paste in Editor</span>

@* Move the JavaScript to a separate JS file! *@
<script suppress-error="BL9992">
    var dotNetReference;

    function getDotNetRef(ref) {
        dotNetReference = ref;

    function copyFromEditor() {
        // When using the Iframe EditMode:
        var windowObject = document.querySelector("#editor1 iframe").contentWindow;
        // When using the Div EditMode:
        //var windowObject = window;

        var sel = windowObject.getSelection();
        var html = "";
        if (sel.rangeCount) {
            // Extract the selected content from multiple tags.
            var container = document.createElement("div");
            for (var i = 0, len = sel.rangeCount; i < len; ++i) {
            html = container.innerHTML;

        var data = [new ClipboardItem({
            'text/plain': new Blob([html], {type: 'text/plain'}),
            'text/html': new Blob([html], {type: 'text/html'})

        navigator.clipboard.write(data).then( () => {
                // success
            () => {
                // failure

    async function pasteInEditor() {
        var clipboardContent = await;

        var textBlob;
        var textContent = "";
        var htmlBlob;
        var htmlContent = "";

        for (const clipboardItem of clipboardContent) {
            for (const type of clipboardItem.types) {
                if (type == "text/plain") {
                    textBlob = await clipboardItem.getType(type);
                    // textContent will still contain tags
                    textContent = await new Response(textBlob).text();
                } else if (type == "text/html") {
                    htmlBlob = await clipboardItem.getType(type);
                    // htmlContent will contain inline styles
                    htmlContent = await new Response(htmlBlob).text();

        dotNetReference.invokeMethodAsync("InsertClipboard", textContent);

@code {
    private TelerikEditor EditorRef { get; set; } = null!;

    private string EditorValue { get; set; } = "<h1>Heading One</h1><ol><li>List item 1</li><li>List item 2</li></ol><p>This is a paragraph.</p>";

    private List<IEditorTool> Tools { get; set; } = null!;

    // Replace __Main with the actual name of the Razor component.
    private DotNetObjectReference<__Main>? DotNetRef;

    protected override Task OnInitializedAsync()
        DotNetRef = DotNetObjectReference.Create(this);

        Tools = new List<IEditorTool>(EditorToolSets.All);

        Tools.Add(new CustomTool("CustomCopy"));
        Tools.Add(new CustomTool("CustomPaste"));

        return base.OnInitializedAsync();

    protected override async Task OnAfterRenderAsync(bool firstRender)
        if (firstRender)
            await js.InvokeVoidAsync("getDotNetRef", DotNetRef);

        await base.OnAfterRenderAsync(firstRender);

    public async Task InsertClipboard(string clipboardContent)
        // The insertHtml command can work with block or inline content,
        // but you need to know what you are getting.
        var blockTags = new string[] { "<h", "<p", "<div", "<ul", "<ol", "<li", "<table" };
        bool inlineInsert = !blockTags.Any(tag => clipboardContent.Contains(tag));

        // The insertHtml command expects one tag maximum,
        // so if there are more, wrap them.
        int childTags = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Matches(clipboardContent, "<").Count;
        string wrapTag = inlineInsert ? "span" : "div";

        if (childTags > 0)
            clipboardContent = $"<{wrapTag}>{clipboardContent}</{wrapTag}>";

        await EditorRef.ExecuteAsync(new HtmlCommandArgs("insertHtml", clipboardContent, inlineInsert));

    public void Dispose()


  • Replace __Main with the actual name of the Razor component, which holds the Editor.
  • The above example makes a few assumptions, which affect the overall implementation. Adjust the example, according to your scenario and requirements.
  • The code uses a lot of standard JavaScript API and general logic, which are not related to the Editor component.
  • Copy-pasting a collection of several HTML tags, for example, list items, may produce unexpected or undesired results, depending on the paste location.
  • Programmatic copying and pasting in the browser requires specific implementation and user permissions. The app controls only one of the following challenges:

    • Some users may prohibit programmatic clipboard access.
    • Browsers may prompt users to approve programmatic pasting every time.
    • Browsers prohibit programmatic clipboard access unless the access occurs in a user event. This means you can't use Blazor @onclick handlers and JSInterop calls from the server to the browser, because the JavaScript execution doesn't occur as a result of user events.

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