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Content Operations

The Window enables you to handle its content when it is displayed in an iframe element, asynchronously load its content through AJAX, and also print its content.

Handling Content in iframes

If the URL for the Window content contains a protocol, the Window creates an iframe for the content and assumes that the nested page resides in another domain. If the URL does not contain a protocol, the URL is treated as a local URL which will load a partial view and the Window does not create an iframe for the content. To control the creation of iframe Window content, you have to explicitly configure the widget.

  • Avoid loading HTML fragments (partial content) inside an iframe. Like standard web pages, iframe pages have to include a DOCTYPE, html, head, and body tags.
  • Avoid using an iframe on iOS devices because iOS devices do not support iframe scrolling and always expand to match the content.

The following example demonstrates how to access the window and document objects inside the iframe. To enable this, the nested page has to belong to the same domain as the main page. The iframe is accessed through the element of the Window.

<div id="window"></div>

$(function() {
        iframe: true,
        content: ""

// The code above will be generated automatically when using server-side Kendo UI wrappers.
$(function() {
    var windowElement = $("#window");
    var iframeDomElement = windowElement.children("iframe")[0];
    var iframeWindowObject = iframeDomElement.contentWindow;

    var iframeDocumentObject = iframeDomElement.contentDocument;
    // which is equivalent to
    // var iframeDocumentObject = iframeWindowObject.document;

    var iframejQuery = iframeWindowObject.$; // Only if jQuery is registered inside the iframe page.

Loading Content with AJAX

The Window provides built-in support for asynchronously loading its content from a URL. This URL is expected to return an HTML fragment that can be loaded in the content area of the Window.

  • Loading full pages inside the Window with AJAX (pages with a DOCTYPE, html, head, and body tags) causes undesired side-effects such as breaking the DOM tree, deleting widget instances, and throwing Javascript errors.
  • If you do not set dimensions for the Window, the Window will resize after the AJAX content is loaded and the position of the Window on the screen will change. To center the Window, either center it in the refresh event handler or set explicit dimensions.

The following example demonstrates how to initialize the Window and configure its content loading.

<div id="window"></div>

        content: "html-content-snippet.html",
        title: "Async Window Content"

Printing the Content

To select only the Window content that is visible during printing and hide the rest of the page content, use the CSS code from the following example. The example assumes that only a single Window instance exists on the page and that it is a child of the body element which means that the appendTo option is not used. If you have multiple Window instances on the page but need to print just one of them, replace the .k-window class by a custom CSS class that is manually applied to the wrapper element of the Window.

@media print
    body > *
        display: none !important;

    body > .k-window
        display: block !important;
        position: relative !important;
        top: auto !important;
        left: auto !important;
        width: auto !important;
        height: auto !important;
        border-width: 0;
        box-shadow: none !important;

    .k-window .k-window-titlebar
        display: none;

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