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Clipboard

You can copy and paste items to and from the grid using the system clipboard.

Copy to Clipboard

Copy to clipboard operation can be done in the following ways:

  • Select 'Copy' from the context menu that appears when you right click over a cell.
  • Press keys Ctrl+C while focus is on the grid.
  • Use the API methods: copySelectedRowsToClipboard(includeHeaders) and copySelectedRangeToClipboard(includeHeaders)
The API calls take a boolean value includeHeaders which when true, will include column headers in what is copied.

Paste from Clipboard

Paste to clipboard can only be done in one way:

  • Press keys Ctrl+V while focus in on the grid with a cell selected.
The paste will then proceed starting at the selected cell if multiple cells are to be pasted.

The 'paste' operation in the context menu is not possible and hence always disabled. It is not possible because of a browser security restriction that Javascript cannot take data from the clipboard without the user explicitly doing a paste command from the browser (eg Ctrl+V or from the browser menu). If Javascript could do this, then websites could steal data from the client via grabbing from the clipboard maliciously. The reason why ag-Grid keeps the paste in the menu as disabled is to indicate to the user that paste is possible and it provides the shortcut as a hint to the user. This is also why the API cannot copy from clipboard.

The copy operation will copy selected ranges, selected rows, or the currently focused cell, based on this order:

  • 1. If range selected (via range selection), copy range.
  • 2. Else if rows selected (via row selection), copy rows.
  • 3. Else copy focused cell.

You can copy multiple ranges in range selection by holding down ctrl to select multiple ranges and then copy.

Safari Support

Copy to clipboard is not supported in Safari. This is because the Safari browser does not implement the required API that ag-Grid uses, further details are described here. ag-Grid does not plan to support Safari clipboard as Safari is not generally used in corporate environments where the target audience for this feature resides.

Clipboard Example

Below you can:

  • Copy and Paste with the Context Menu.
  • Copy with the provided buttons.
The example has both row click selection and range selection enabled. You probably won't do this in your application as it's confusing, it's done below just to demonstrate them side by side.

Controlling Clipboard Copy

If you want to do the copy to clipboard yourself (ie not use the grids clipboard interaction) then implement the callback sendToClipboard(params). Use this if you are in a non-standard web container that has a bespoke API for interacting with the clipboard. The callback gets the data to go into the clipboard, it's your job to call the bespoke API.

The example below shows using sendToClipboard(params), but rather than using the clipboard, demonstrates the callback by just printing the data to the console.