Keyboard Support

A user can interact with the UI component using the following keys:

Key Action
← → ↑ ↓
  • Navigates through cells if no cell is in the editing state.
  • In the editing state, moves cursor inside the cell or increases/decreases the cell value (depending on the editor).
Shift + Mouse Wheel Scrolls the content left/right if the horizontal scrolling is taking place.
  • Switches a cell to the editing state.1
  • Moves focus to the next cell.2
  • Saves changes made in a cell or row and switches it back to its normal state.
  • Executes an action on a focused element.
F2 Switches a cell to the editing state.3
Esc Cancels changes made in a cell or row and switches it back to its normal state.
Alt + ↓ Opens a drop-down editor (a select box4, a calendar5, etc.) in the editing state.
Space Selects the focused row. In multiple selection mode, also clears the selection.6
Ctrl + Space or Ctrl + Click –°lears the selection of the focused row in single selection mode.
Shift + Space Selects or clears the selection of a range of rows between the last selected or deselected and the focused rows.7,8,9
Ctrl + A Selects all rows.6,10
Ctrl + F Focuses the search panel.11
PageUp / PageDown Navigates to the previous/next page.
Tab / Shift + Tab Moves the focus one element forward/back.
Focuses the first/last element in the next/previous row if there are no more elements in the current row.
Shift + Click / Ctrl + Click
on a column header
Applies/clears sorting settings of the column.12
Ctrl + → / Ctrl + ← Expands/collapses the focused row.
Ctrl + ↑ / Ctrl + ↓ Navigates between a column header, filter row, data area, filter panel, and pager.
  1. If the enterKeyAction is "startEdit".
  2. If the edititng.mode is "cell" or "batch" and the enterKeyAction is "moveFocus".
  3. The editing.mode should be "cell" or "batch".
  4. A select box appears in a cell of a lookup column.
  5. A calendar appears in a data cell when a column contains "date" type data.
  6. selection.mode must be different from "none".
  7. selection.mode must be "multiple".
  8. selection.recursive must be false.
  9. If the scrolling.mode is "virtual", the rows should be visible simultaneously. If the mode is "standard", the rows should be on one page.
  10. selection.allowSelectAll must be true.
  11. The search panel must be visible.
  12. sorting.mode must be "multiple".

You can override these shortcuts or create your own shortcuts using the onKeyDown event handler.