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DHTMLX Spreadsheet overview

DHTMLX Spreadsheet is a client-side JavaScript component that allows editing and formatting data in spreadsheets online. It includes a configurable toolbar, handy menu and context menu, and adjustable grid, supports hot keys navigation, loads data both from external and local sources, provides the ability to localize interface into the desired language.


There is a User Guide provided to make work with Spreadsheet easy for your end users

Spreadsheet structure


The Toolbar section is rather flexible. It contains 6 default blocks of controls: "undo", "colors", "decoration", "align", "format", "actions", "helpers". You can change the toolbar structure and add more blocks, or change the order of the blocks.

Spreadsheet Toolbar

It is also possible to customize the toolbar by adding your own controls and updating the controls' configuration.

Editing line

The editing line can be used for two purposes:

  • to edit the content of the selected cell
  • to control changes made in the currently edited cell

Spreadsheet Editing Line

You can switch the editing line off, if necessary via the corresponding configuration option.


Grid represents a table with columns defined by letters and rows defined by numbers. Thus, a cell of the grid is defined by the column's letter and the row's number, e.g. C3.

Spreadsheet Grid

Context menu

The Context menu section includes 5 items Lock, Clear, Columns, Rows, Sort, and Insert link with sub-items.

Spreadsheet Context Menu

The structure of Context menu is customizable as well. You can add custom controls, update the controls' configuration and remove unnecessary controls.

The Menu section contains several blocks that combine most frequently used options from the Toolbar and Context Menu to provide quick and handy access to them.

By default the Menu section is hidden, but you can switch it on via the related configuration option.

Spreadsheet Menu

You can modify the structure of the menu by using custom controls, updating the controls' configuration and removing unnecessary controls.

What's next

Now you can get down to using DHTMLX Spreadsheet in your application. Follow the directions of the How to Start tutorial for guidance.

To dive deeper into the specificity of DHTMLX Spreadsheet, go into more profound manuals: