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Restricting how much of a row is "grabbable" for drag and drop

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Ian asked on 29 Jul 2008, 08:55 PM
In my grid, in each row, I have a picture of arrows. I want the viewer to be able to grab the picture of arrows (but nowhere else in the row) to be able to drag and drop that row.

Is this possible?

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answered on 30 Jul 2008, 02:36 PM
Hello Ian,

The required functionality is achievable using a GridTemplateColumn and javascript:

Create a GridTemplateColumn and place a <div> element inside the <ItemTemplate>. Please note that you cannot use regular <img> or <input> types (images and image buttons) for this purpose, as RadGrid automatically blocks the bubbling of client events of these elements. Therefore, the only option you have is to use a <div> element with set width and height as that of the image you want to use, and setting a background-image property with the image url:

    <div id='dragImage' onclick='return ImageClick(this, event)'  
        style='cursor:pointer;background-image:url(move.bmp); width:13px; height:13px;'

As you can see, we set some additional properties in the style attribute, making the mouse cursor change to a hand and setting width and height to that of the background-image (13px).

The rest of the requirement is a couple of javascript events. First, we attach to the client OnGridCreated and OnRowDragStarted events of RadGrid:

<ClientSettings AllowRowsDragDrop="true"
    <Selecting AllowRowSelect="true" /> 
    OnRowDragStarted="RowDragStarted" /> 

The first is used to get the client RadGrid object and make it available document-wise, and the second to cancel the drag event if it is not initiated by pressing on the <div> element we created in the template column:

var grid;

function GridCreated(sender, args) 
    grid = sender; 
function ImageClick(sender, args) 
    var index = sender.parentNode.parentNode.rowIndex - 1; 
    return false
function RowDragStarted(sender, args) 
    if( != "DIV"

The ImageClick method we have specified above is attached to the client "onclick" event of the <div> element accomodating our drag image. The method ensures that the parent GridDataItem gets selected when we click the image.

Kind regards,
the Telerik team

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