Create a button to copy a table and paste into Excel

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By: jamesbayley
Created: 09/21/2018
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Difficulty: Advanced

Create a button to copy a table and paste into Excel

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The JavaScript to do this task is well known. It is simply a case of finding how to deliver it into the web page. Options include

  • a view
  • a form
  • a (Gutenberg) content block

In this first implementation I am using a form.

  1. In your view have the tag <table id="tableId">
  2. Create a new form
  3. Add a hidden field to it (this will not be used)
  4. Settings > General >
    1. On Submit > Redirect to URL = ./
    2. Do not store entries
    3. Check Ajax options
  5. Settings > Form Actions
    1. Delete all
  6. Customise HTML
    1. delete form classes
    2. delete before fields
    3. After fields =
//from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2044616/select-a-complete-table-with-javascript-to-be-copied-to-clipboard
<script>
function selectElementContents(el) {
  var body = document.body, range, sel;
    if (document.createRange && window.getSelection) {
      range = document.createRange();
      sel = window.getSelection();
      sel.removeAllRanges();
      try {
        range.selectNodeContents(el);
        sel.addRange(range);
      } catch (e) {
        range.selectNode(el);
        sel.addRange(range);
      }

    document.execCommand("copy");
  } else if (body.createTextRange) {
    range = body.createTextRange();
    range.moveToElementText(el);
    range.select();
    range.execCommand("Copy");
}
alert("Table copied to clipboard. You can now paste it into Excel or another application");
}
</script>

4. Submit Button

<div class="frm_submit">
<input type="button" value="Copy table" onclick="selectElementContents( document.getElementById('tableId') );">
</div>

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