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Paste at the Cursor Position

This article explains how to paste content into RadEditor at the cursor position programmatically. You can see that in Example 1.

Sometimes the application logic requires that a button click or any other user interaction with the form will paste content in the editor control right where the user was last editing.

To achieve this, you need to:

  1. Store the current cursor position or selection in a global variable. To do that, use the OnClientSelectionChange event and the getDomRange() method RadEditor provides.

    You can also store the selection in any other event that suits your needs. For example, you can attach a handler for keyup and store the range there as well.

  2. Obtain the needed HTML according to your business logic and UX requirements. You can find some tips on requesting complex content from the server in the Different ways to make a request to the server in ASP.NET blog post.

  3. Restore the cursor position by using the select() DomRange method.

  4. Paste programmatically by using the pasteHtml() method.

Example 1: Paste content programmatically at the cursor position in RadEditor.

Enter text here:
<asp:TextBox ID="Textbox1" Text="paste me" runat="server" />
<br />
<asp:Button ID="Button1" Text="paste at cursor position" OnClientClick="pasteAtCursorPos(); return false;" runat="server" />
<br />
Type text, select content or move the cursor in the editor and click the button again
<telerik:RadEditor RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadEditor1" runat="server" OnClientSelectionChange="OnClientSelectionChange">
        <p>paragraph 1</p>
        <p>paragraph two</p>
    function pasteAtCursorPos() {
        var data = $get("<%=Textbox1.ClientID%>").value;//get the desired content
        var editor = $find("<%=RadEditor1.ClientID%>");
        if (currentRange) {
  ; //restore the selection
        editor.pasteHtml(data); //paste content

    var currentRange = null;

    function OnClientSelectionChange(sender, args) {
        currentRange = sender.getDomRange(); //store current range/cursor position

The cursor and the selection are features of the browser. This means that they are only available on the client-side. There is no facility to add content on the server-side. This is why the article explains a pure JavaScript approach to paste content through the RadEditor API.

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