Methods

This section describes the members used to manipulate the widget.

beginUpdate()

Prevents the widget from refreshing until the endUpdate() method is called.

The beginUpdate() and endUpdate() methods prevent the widget from excessive updates when you are changing multiple widget settings at once. After the beginUpdate() method is called, the widget does not update its UI until the endUpdate() method is called.

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blur()

Removes focus from the input element.

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content()

Gets the popup window's content.

Return Value:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

An HTML element or a jQuery element when you use jQuery.

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defaultOptions(rule)

Specifies the device-dependent default configuration options for this component.

Parameters:
rule:

Object

The component's default device options.

Object structure:
device:

Device

|

Array<Device>

|

function

Device parameters.
When specifying a function, get information about the current device from the argument. Return true if the options should be applied to the device.

options:

Object

Options to be applied.

The defaultOptions method is a static method supported by the widget class. The following code demonstrates how to specify default options for all instances of the Autocomplete widget in an application executed on the desktop.

jQuery
JavaScript
DevExpress.ui.dxAutocomplete.defaultOptions({ 
    device: { deviceType: "desktop" },
    options: {
        // Here go the Autocomplete options
    }
});
Angular
TypeScript
import Autocomplete from 'devextreme/ui/autocomplete';
// ...
export class AppComponent {
    constructor () {
        Autocomplete.defaultOptions({
            device: { deviceType: "desktop" },
            options: {
                // Here go the Autocomplete options
            }
        });
    }
}

dispose()

Removes the widget from the DOM.

element()

Gets the root widget element.

Return Value:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

An HTML element or a jQuery element when you use jQuery.

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endUpdate()

Refreshes the widget after a call of the beginUpdate() method.

Main article: beginUpdate()

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field()

Gets the widget's <input> element.

Return Value:

Element (jQuery or HTML)

An HTML element or a jQuery element when you use jQuery.

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focus()

Sets focus to the input element representing the widget.

NOTE
In the mobile Safari browser, it is impossible to set focus programmatically. You can find more information about this here. You can, however, accomplish this task using PhoneGap when building a native package. Set the KeyboardDisplayRequiresUserAction preference to false in the config.xml file with Cordova settings.

After that, the focus() method will work as follows.

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getDataSource()

Gets the DataSource instance.

Return Value:

DataSource

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getInstance(element)

Gets the instance of a widget found using its DOM node.

Parameters:
element:

DOM Node

|

jQuery

The widget's container.

Return Value:

Object

The widget's instance.

The following code gets the Autocomplete instance found in an element with ID myAutocomplete:

// Modular approach
import Autocomplete from 'devextreme/ui/autocomplete';
...
let element = document.getElementById("myAutocomplete");
let instance = Autocomplete.getInstance(element);

// Non-modular approach
let element = document.getElementById("myAutocomplete");
let instance = DevExpress.ui.dxAutocomplete.getInstance(element);
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instance()

Gets the widget's instance. Use it to access other methods of the widget.

Return Value:

Object

This widget's instance.

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off(eventName)

Detaches all event handlers from a single event.

Parameters:
eventName:

String

The event's name.

Return Value:

Object

The object for which this method is called.

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off(eventName, eventHandler)

Detaches a particular event handler from a single event.

Parameters:
eventName:

String

The event's name.

eventHandler:

function

The event's handler.

Return Value:

Object

The object for which this method is called.

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on(eventName, eventHandler)

Subscribes to an event.

Parameters:
eventName:

String

The event's name.

eventHandler:

function

The event's handler.

Return Value:

Object

The object for which this method is called.

Use this method to subscribe to one of the events listed in the Events section.

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on(events)

Subscribes to events.

Parameters:
events:

Object

Events with their handlers: { "eventName1": handler1, "eventName2": handler2, ...}

Return Value:

Object

The object for which this method is called.

Use this method to subscribe to several events with one method call. Available events are listed in the Events section.

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option()

Gets all widget options.

Return Value:

Object

The widget's options.

option(optionName)

Gets the value of a single option.

Parameters:
optionName:

String

The option's name or full path.

Return Value: any

This option's value.

option(optionName, optionValue)

Updates the value of a single option.

Parameters:
optionName:

String

The option's name or full path.

optionValue: any

This option's new value.

option(options)

Updates the values of several options.

Parameters:
options:

Object

Options with their new values.

registerKeyHandler(key, handler)

Registers a handler to be executed when a user presses a specific key.

Parameters:
key:

String

The key.

handler:

function

The handler.

The key argument accepts one of the following values:

  • "backspace"
  • "tab"
  • "enter"
  • "escape"
  • "pageUp"
  • "pageDown"
  • "end"
  • "home"
  • "leftArrow"
  • "upArrow"
  • "rightArrow"
  • "downArrow"
  • "del"
  • "space"
  • "F"
  • "A"
  • "asterisk"
  • "minus"

A custom handler for a key cancels the default handler for this key.

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repaint()

Repaints the widget. Call it if you made modifications that changed the widget's state to invalid.

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reset()

Resets the value option to the default value.

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