Batch Edit Mode

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The ASPxGridView control allows you to modify grid data on the client side and then send it to the server in a single request. All user changes are maintained on the client side until a user clicks the Update or Cancel button. Set the ASPxGridViewEditingSettings.Mode property to Batch to enable the batch edit functionality.


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Batch Editing

Batch Edit Mode Settings

Use the following features to customize the ASPxGridView‘s functionality in batch edit mode:

Edit Mode

Users can use in-line editors to edit data in a grid. The GridViewBatchEditSettings.EditMode property allows you to specify which control element (data cell or data row) they can use to edit data.

ASPxGridView Batch Mode Edit Mode

Start Edit Action

Set the GridBatchEditSettings.StartEditAction property to one of the following values to specify which user action invokes a data cell’s in-line editor:

Cell Focus and Keyboard Navigation

Users can use a keyboard to navigate through cells when the grid’s GridBatchEditSettings.StartEditAction property is set to FocusedCellClick. In this mode, the first click on a data cell focuses the cell, and the second click enables a user to edit the cell.

Key Action
Arrow Keys Move focus between cells.
Tab Moves focus to the next cell.
Shift+Tab Moves focus to the previous cell.
Enter Starts and ends editing.
F2 Starts editing.
Delete Deletes a row that contains the focused cell.

The ASPxGridView provides client-side APIs that allow you to manage the focused data cell.

Refer to the Client-Side API and Batch Edit Mode Events sections for more information about events related to cell focus and navigation in batch edit mode.

Prevent End-user Editing

Set the column’s GridColumnEditFormSettings.Visible property to false to prevent a user from editing cells. These column cells are skipped when users use TAB to navigate through cells. You can also use the ASPxClientGridView.BatchEditStartEditing event’s ASPxClientCancelEventArgs.cancel argument to cancel editing.

Confirmation on Losing Changes

A grid displays a confirmation message before a grid callback or postback is performed if it contains modified data. You can use the ASPxGridTextSettings.ConfirmOnLosingBatchChanges property to customize this message’s text, or set the GridBatchEditSettings.ShowConfirmOnLosingChanges property to false to disable it.


The ASPxGridView allows you to validate grid data on the client side in batch edit mode. Use the ASPxClientGridView.BatchEditRowValidating event to specify whether a user’s changes are valid.

Set the GridBatchEditSettings.AllowValidationOnEndEdit property to one of the following values to specify when to fire the ASPxClientGridView.BatchEditRowValidating event:

To validate grid data programmatically, use the ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.ValidateRow method for the specified data row/cell and the ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.ValidateRows method for all displayed data.

The following Support Center example illustrates how to validate grid data in batch edit mode: T171182: ASPxGridView - How to implement custom date validation in Batch Edit mode.

Data Item Template

ASPxGridView supports templates in batch edit mode. Use the following ASPxGridView API members to process data cell content specified in data item templates:

The following code example demonstrates how to use the API resources: T506160: How to use and modify a control placed in the DataItemTemplate.

Preview Changes Before Saving

You can preview and modify inserted, deleted and edited rows before you click the “Update” button and the control sends these changes to the server.

Set the GridViewBatchEditSettings.KeepChangesOnCallbacks property to true to show the “Show changes” button. This button allows you to display modified rows grouped by user operation type (delete, add, edit) and modify them. The “Save changes” or “Cancel changes” buttons allow you to end batch editing and save/cancel changes. To close the Changes Preview mode and display all grid rows (including modified ones), click “Hide changes”.

In Changes Preview mode, the grid displays predefined toolbar items that allow you to edit data:

GridViewToolbarItem - VisibleInBatchEditPreviewChanges Property

To display a custom toolbar item in this mode, set the item’s VisibleInBatchEditPreviewChanges property to true.

<dx:ASPxGridView runat="server" ID="Grid" ...>
            Text="Edit Commands" 
            VisibleInBatchEditPreviewChanges="true" >
                <dx:GridViewToolbarItem Command="New" />
                <dx:GridViewToolbarItem Command="Edit" />
                <dx:GridViewToolbarItem Command="Delete" />


GridViewToolbarItem - VisibleInBatchEditPreviewChanges Property

To customize the grid in Changes Preview mode, you can override the .dxgvBECP CSS class.


The ASPxGridView supports adaptivity in Preview Changes mode.

Appearance Customization

The ASPxGridView highlights all modified values in batch edit mode.

ASPxGridView Batch Mode Visual Cells

You can use the following properties to customize data cell/row appearance:

You can also remove deleted data rows from the grid instead of highlighting them. To do this, set the GridViewBatchEditSettings.HighlightDeletedRows property to false.

The grid displays the Update and Cancel buttons in the status bar. You can use the status bar‘s style settings to change the button appearance.

The following code snippets illustrate how to hide the Update and Cancel buttons:

Client-Side API

The ASPxClientGridView.batchEditApi property provides access to the batch edit client API. The tables below list the API resources that you can use to invoke grid commands on the client side:

Start edit

Member Description
ASPxClientGridView.StartEditRow Invokes in-line editors in a specified row.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.StartEdit Invokes the in-line editor in a specified cell.

Add/Delete row

Member Description
ASPxClientGridView.AddNewRow Adds a new row. Does not perform a callback in batch edit mode.
ASPxClientGridView.DeleteRow Deletes the specified row.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.IsNewRow Indicates if the row with the specified visible index was created.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.IsDeletedRow Indicates if the row with the specified visible index was deleted.

Finish edit

Member Description
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.EndEdit Ends cell or row editing.
ASPxClientGridView.UpdateEdit Ends cell or row editing and sends all changes to the server.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.ResetChanges Resets all unsaved changes in a specified row/cell.
ASPxClientGridView.CancelEdit Cancels all changes and switches the grid to browse mode.

Cell Focus and Navigation

Member Description
ASPxClientGridView.GetFocusedCell Returns information about the focused cell.
ASPxClientGridView.SetFocusedCell Focuses the specified cell.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.MoveFocusBackward Moves focus to the previous cell in the row.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.MoveFocusForward Moves focus to the next cell in the row.

Preview Changes

Member Description
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.ShowChangesPreview Swithches the grid to Changes Preview mode.
ASPxClientGridViewBatchEditApi.HideChangesPreview Closes the Changes Preview mode and displays all grid rows (including modified rows).

Note that there are client-side methods that are not in effect in batch edit mode. See the following topic for more information: Batch Edit Mode Limitations - Unsupported client-side API.

Batch Edit Mode Events

The ASPxGridView‘s events allow you to perform custom actions when users interact with the grid in batch edit mode.

Server-side events

The ASPxGridBase.BatchUpdate event allows you to implement a custom data update mechanism. The event fires when a user clicks the Update button or calls the ASPxClientGridView.UpdateEdit method; the ASPxGridBase.BatchUpdate event handler receives an argument that contains information about the changed values.

<dx:ASPxGridView ID="Grid" runat="server" KeyFieldName="ID" OnBatchUpdate="Grid_BatchUpdate" >
    <ClientSideEvents .../>
    <SettingsEditing Mode="Batch" />

The ASPxGridView raises the ASPxGridView.FocusedRowChanged event when a user moves focus from one row to another or after you change the ASPxGridView.FocusedRowIndex property value in code.

Client-side events

The following tables list the ASPxClientGridView‘s client-side events that can occur in batch edit mode:


Some ASPxGridView control features and API members are not in effect in batch edit mode. All user changes are stored on the client side.

Unsupported features

The features below are not supported when the grid is in batch edit mode:

Unsupported server-side API

The following ASPxGridView members are not in effect when the grid is in batch edit mode:

You can use the client-side API instead of the unsupported server-side API to implement the tasks listed above.

Unsupported client-side API


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See Also