Programatically trigger paste event (ctrl+v)

Posted by: apurushotaman on 6 December 2019, 4:03 am EST

  • Posted 6 December 2019, 4:03 am EST


    I am trying to achieve the same results as ctrl+v but upon clicking a button.

    Things I have tried so far:
    on the click event
    cmd: "clipboardPaste",
    sheetName: spread.getActiveSheet().name(),
    isCutting: false,
    clipboardText: "",
    pasteOption: GC.Spread.Sheets.ClipboardPasteOptions.all

    This does not seem to work.
    Please help.

  • Replied 6 December 2019, 4:20 am EST

    I also tried this

    var e = jQuery.Event("keydown");
    e.which = 86; // # v code value
    e.ctrlkey = true; // control key pressed
    $(document).trigger(e);// trigger event on document

    but it doesn't seem to paste clipboard data into the spreadsheet
  • Replied 8 December 2019, 9:27 pm EST

    Hi Ashwin,

    Due to the security reasons, Browsers, do not allow the webapps to access the clipboard until the user explicitly triggers the paste event by pressing ctrl + v or by using the system context menu, hence Spread cannot read the clipboard data on button click. Currently, a new CLipboard API is being developed that you use but as of now, it is not supported by all the major browsers. You may read more about the new Clipboard API here:

  • Replied 8 June 2022, 6:28 am EST

    Hi Sharad,
    As the Clipboard API has been adopted by most major browsers. I am currently able to get the copied text via the below code

    navigator.clipboard.readText().then((copiedText) => {
    // Do something with copied text
    console.log('copied text', copiedText);


    Is there a way to add this content to the SpreadJS internal clipboard so that when the following code is run, it pastes the content that I've obtained above instead of being blank

    spread.commandManager().execute({ cmd: "paste", sheetName: });
  • Replied 9 June 2022, 3:29 pm EST


    For this, you need to override the clipboard paste command. Please refer to the following code snippet and let me know if you face any issues.

    let old = GC.Spread.Sheets.Commands.clipboardPaste.execute;
    GC.Spread.Sheets.Commands.clipboardPaste.execute = function (
    ) {
    /*option.clipboardText = some text
    option.clipboardHtml = HTML


    old.apply(this, arguments);

  • Replied 14 June 2022, 4:09 am EST

    Thanks for the response Avinash, but I tried with the above override, but the content that gets added to clipboardText option still does not get pasted when the paste event is triggered.
    Can you set up a demo with the above code working pls
  • Replied 14 June 2022, 6:11 pm EST


    We are sorry but on further investigation, we found that the writing internal clipboard in spreadJS is not supported. For this, you need to implement your own paste command and replace it with internaClipboardPaste. Please refer to the following code snippet and attached sample that explains the same.

    var pasteCommand = {
    canUndo: true,
    execute: function (spread, options, isUndo) {
    var Commands = GC.Spread.Sheets.Commands;
    if (isUndo) {
    Commands.undoTransaction(spread, options);
    return true;
    } else {
    Commands.startTransaction(spread, options);
    let sheet = spread.getActiveSheet();
    let clipboardtext = "Text\nText2\tText3";
    var toRanges = [
    new GC.Spread.Sheets.Range(
    cmd: "clipboardPaste",
    sheetName: "Sheet1",
    fromSheet: spread.getActiveSheet(),
    pastedRanges: toRanges,
    isCutting: false,
    clipboardText: clipboardtext,
    pasteOption: GC.Spread.Sheets.ClipboardPasteOptions.all
    Commands.endTransaction(spread, options);
    return true;
    spread.commandManager().register("myPaste", pasteCommand, 86, true);


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