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Column Menu

The TreeList provides a built-in option for triggering column operations through a menu.

To enable the Column Menu implementation, use columnMenu:true. As a result, the column headers of the TreeList render a column menu, which allows the user to sort, filter, reorder, or change the visibility of a column. The Column Menu also detects when a specific column operation is disabled through the column definition and does not render it. For a runnable example, refer to the demo on implementing a Column Menu in the TreeList.

When the columnMenu configuration is set to true, the TreeList fires the columnMenuInit and columnMenuOpen events instead of filterMenuInit and filterMenuOpen.

For more information about the available configuration properties, see the Column Menu API reference.

Column Reordering

As of Kendo UI R2 SP1 2023,the TreeList's Column Menu provides an option to change the position of the target column by using Move next and Move previous buttons.

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        $(document).ready(function () {
          var crudServiceBaseUrl = "";

          var dataSource = new{
            transport: {
              read: {
                url: crudServiceBaseUrl + "/EmployeeDirectory",
                dataType: "jsonp"
            schema: {
              model: {
                id: "EmployeeId",
                parentId: "ReportsTo",
                fields: {
                  EmployeeId: { type: "number", nullable: false },
                  ReportsTo: { nullable: true, type: "number" }

            dataSource: dataSource,
            columnMenu: true,
            columns: [
              { field: "FirstName", expandable: true, title: "First Name", width: 250 },
              { field: "LastName", title: "Last Name" },
              { field: "Position" },
              { field: "Extension", title: "Ext", format: "{0:#}", filterable: false }

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