Methods

This section describes members used to manipulate data.

beginUpdate()

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

The beginUpdate() and endUpdate() methods prevent the UI component from excessive updates when you are changing multiple UI component settings at once. After the beginUpdate() method is called, the UI component 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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close()

Closes the drop-down editor.

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content()

Gets the popup window's content.

Return Value:

HTMLElement | jQuery

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

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defaultOptions(rule)

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

Parameters:
rule:

Object

The component's default device properties.

Object structure:
Name Type Description
device

Device

|

Array<Device>

|

Function

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

options

Object

Options to be applied.

defaultOptions is a static method that the UI component class supports. The following code demonstrates how to specify default properties for all instances of the SelectBox UI component in an application executed on the desktop.

jQuery
JavaScript
DevExpress.ui.dxSelectBox.defaultOptions({ 
    device: { deviceType: "desktop" },
    options: {
        // Here go the SelectBox properties
    }
});
Angular
TypeScript
import SelectBox from "devextreme/ui/select_box";
// ...
export class AppComponent {
    constructor () {
        SelectBox.defaultOptions({
            device: { deviceType: "desktop" },
            options: {
                // Here go the SelectBox properties
            }
        });
    }
}
Vue
<template>
    <div>
        <DxSelectBox id="selectBox1" />
        <DxSelectBox id="selectBox2" />
    </div>
</template>
<script>
import DxSelectBox from "devextreme-vue/select-box";
import SelectBox from "devextreme/ui/select_box";

SelectBox.defaultOptions({
    device: { deviceType: "desktop" },
    options: {
        // Here go the SelectBox properties
    }
});

export default {
    components: {
        DxSelectBox
    }
}
</script>
React
import React from "react";
import dxSelectBox from "devextreme/ui/select_box";
import SelectBox from "devextreme-react/select-box";

class App extends React.Component {
    render () {
        dxSelectBox.defaultOptions({
            device: { deviceType: "desktop" },
            options: {
                // Here go the SelectBox properties
            }
        })
        return (
            <div>
                <SelectBox id="selectBox1" />
                <SelectBox id="selectBox2" />
            </div>
        )
    }
}

export default App;

dispose()

Disposes of all the resources allocated to the SelectBox instance.

After calling this method, remove the DOM element associated with the UI component:

JavaScript
$("#mySelectBox").dxSelectBox("dispose");
$("#mySelectBox").remove();

Use this method only if the UI component was created with jQuery or pure JavaScript. In Angular, Vue, and React, use conditional rendering:

Angular
app.component.html
<dx-select-box ...
    *ngIf="condition">
</dx-select-box>
Vue
App.vue
<template>
    <DxSelectBox ...
        v-if="condition">
    </DxSelectBox>
</template>

<script>
import DxSelectBox from 'devextreme-vue/select-box';

export default {
    components: {
        DxSelectBox
    }
}
</script>
React
App.js
import React from 'react';

import SelectBox from 'devextreme-react/select-box';

function DxSelectBox(props) {
    if (!props.shouldRender) {
        return null;
    }

    return (
        <SelectBox ... >    
        </SelectBox>
    );
}

class App extends React.Component {
    render() {
        return (
            <DxSelectBox shouldRender="condition" />
        );
    }
}
export default App;
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element()

Gets the root UI component element.

Return Value:

HTMLElement | jQuery

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

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endUpdate()

Refreshes the UI component after a call of the beginUpdate() method.

Main article: beginUpdate()

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field()

Gets the UI component's <input> element.

Return Value:

HTMLElement | jQuery

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

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focus()

Sets focus to the input element representing the UI component.

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getButton(name)

Gets an instance of a custom action button.

Parameters:
name:

String

The button's name.

Return Value:

Button

| undefined

The Button UI component's instance.

Use the returned button instance to call the Button UI component's methods, for example, focus():

jQuery
index.js
const myCustomButton = $("#selectBoxContainer").dxSelectBox("getButton", "myCustomButton");
myCustomButton.focus();
Angular
app.component.ts
app.component.html
import { Component, ViewChild } from '@angular/core';
import { DxSelectBoxComponent } from 'devextreme-angular';

@Component({
    selector: 'app-root',
    templateUrl: './app.component.html',
    styleUrls: ['./app.component.css']
})
export class AppComponent {
    @ViewChild('selectBoxRef', { static: false }) selectBox: DxSelectBoxComponent;
    // Prior to Angular 8
    // @ViewChild('selectBoxRef') selectBox: DxSelectBoxComponent;

    setFocus() {
        this.selectBox.instance.getButton('myCustomButton').focus();
    }
}
<dx-select-box #selectBoxRef ... >
</dx-select-box>
Vue
App.vue
<template>
    <DxSelectBox ...
        :ref="selectBoxRef">
    </DxSelectBox>
</template>

<script>
import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.common.css';
import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.light.css';

import DxSelectBox from 'devextreme-vue/select-box';

export default {
    components: {
        DxSelectBox
    },

    data() {
        return {
            selectBoxRef
        }
    },

    methods: {
        setFocus() {
            this.selectBox.getButton('myCustomButton').focus();
        }
    },

    computed: {
        selectBox: function() {
            return this.$refs[selectBoxRef].instance;
        }
    }
}
</script>
React
App.js
import React from 'react';

import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.common.css';
import 'devextreme/dist/css/dx.light.css';

import SelectBox from 'devextreme-react/select-box';

class App extends React.Component {
    constructor(props) {
        super(props);

        this.selectBoxRef = React.createRef();

        this.setFocus = () => {
            this.selectBox.getButton('myCustomButton').focus();
        };
    }

    get selectBox() {
        return this.selectBoxRef.current.instance;
    }

    render() {
        return (
            <SelectBox ...
                ref={this.selectBoxRef}>
            </SelectBox>
        );
    }
}
export default App;

getDataSource()

Gets the DataSource instance.

Return Value:

DataSource

The DataSource instance.

NOTE
This method returns the DataSource instance even if the UI component's dataSource property was given a simple array.
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getInstance(element)

Gets the instance of a UI component found using its DOM node.

Parameters:
element:

Element

|

jQuery

The UI component's container.

Return Value:

Object

The UI component's instance.

getInstance is a static method that the UI component class supports. The following code demonstrates how to get the SelectBox instance found in an element with the mySelectBox ID:

// Modular approach
import SelectBox from "devextreme/ui/select_box";
...
let element = document.getElementById("mySelectBox");
let instance = SelectBox.getInstance(element) as SelectBox;

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

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

Return Value:

SelectBox

This UI component'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:

SelectBox

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:

SelectBox

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:

SelectBox

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:

SelectBox

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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open()

Opens the drop-down editor.

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option()

Return Value:

Object

The UI component's properties.

option(optionName)

Gets the value of a single property.

Parameters:
optionName:

String

The property's name or full path.

Return Value: any

This property's value.

option(optionName, optionValue)

Updates the value of a single property.

Parameters:
optionName:

String

The property's name or full path.

optionValue: any

This property's new value.

option(options)

Updates the values of several properties.

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

A key.

handler:

Function

A handler. Accepts the keydown event as the argument. It is a dxEvent or a jQuery.Event when you use jQuery.

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 UI component without reloading data. Call it to update the UI component's markup.

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reset()

Resets the value property to the default value.

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resetOption(optionName)

Resets an property to its default value.

Parameters:
optionName:

String

An property's name.

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