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Search for ComboBox Items by Dragging to Input


Product Progress Kendo UI ComboBox for jQuery
Operating System Windows 10 64bit
Visual Studio version Visual Studio 2017
Preferred Language JavaScript


How can I make a read-only text visible in the input field of a Kendo UI ComboBox widget?


The following example demonstrates how to achieve the desired scenario.

To see how the example works:

  1. Select Chai from the Drag: Chai field.

  2. Drag it to the input field of the ComboBox.

  3. Release the mouse.

  <div id="example">
    <div class="demo-section k-header">
      <div> Drag: Chai </div>
      <input id="products" style="width: 400px" />
      $(document).ready(function() {
          placeholder: "Select product",
          dataTextField: "ProductName",
          dataValueField: "ProductID",
          filter: "contains",
          autoBind: false,
          minLength: 3,
          dataSource: {
            type: "odata",
            serverFiltering: true,
            transport: {
              read: {
                url: "",

        //Wire the drop event
        var combobox = $("#products").data("kendoComboBox");

        combobox.input.on("drop", function(e) {
          var input = e.currentTarget;
          var droppedText = e.originalEvent.dataTransfer.getData("text");

          setTimeout(function() {
            input.value = droppedText;

    <style scoped>
      .demo-section {
        width: 400px;

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