Enable direct editing of grids using the Editable Grid custom control

This topic applies to Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (on-premises). For the Power Apps version of this topic, see: Make model-driven app grids (lists) editable using the Editable Grid custom control

In previous releases of Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (on-premises), users couldn't enter data directly in grids (sometimes called lists) or subgrids on forms. They had to select the record in the grid to open a form, edit the data, and then save, which required multiple steps. With editable grids, users can do rich in-line editing directly from grids and subgrids whether they're using a web app, tablet, or phone.

Editable grid examples.

When editable grids are enabled through the Editable Grids custom control, users can edit most types of fields, including basic Lookup fields and option sets.

Editable grids support:

  • In-line editing of records at the entity or subgrid level (includes custom entities)

  • System views and personal views

  • Web and mobile clients

  • Navigation with a keyboard or mouse

  • Grouping and sorting (you can group by/sort records on the client side by any column in the current view)

  • Filtering

  • Moving and resizing columns

  • Pagination

  • Saving changes from one session to another for grouping, sorting, filtering, pagination, and moving and resizing columns

  • Lookup configuration

  • Calculated fields and rollup fields

  • Business rules (Show error message, Set field value, Set business required, Set default value, Lock, or unlock field)

  • JavaScript events

  • Enabling or disabling of cells based on security role

  • Users can continue to use search and charts, and can access the action bar as with read-only grids

Make main grids editable

  1. Open solution explorer.

  2. In the Entities list, open the appropriate entity, select the Controls tab, and then select Add Control.

    Add Editable Grids custom control.

  3. In the Add Control dialog box, select Editable Grid, and then select Add.

  4. In the Editable Grid row that's added, select the form factor(s) you want to apply the grid to. This makes the editable grid control the default control for the selected form factor(s).

    Editable Grid row with form factor selection.


    At runtime, users can toggle between editable grids and read-only grids.

  5. To add a lookup, in the Editable Grid option group, select Add Lookup, and then in the Configure Property "Add Lookup" dialog box:

    1. In the Available Views list, select the view to add the lookup to (for example, select My Active Accounts).

    2. In the Available Columns list, select the lookup column to add (for example, select Primary Contact).

    3. In the Default View list, select the data source for the lookup field.

    4. If you want to limit the records displayed, select the Only show records where check box, and then select your criteria from the list, and then select OK.

    Add lookup in Editable Grid control.

  6. If you have a nested grid, select the pencil button for Nested grid view, and then select the entity and view for the nested grid. For the Nested grid parent ID select the relationship for the entities. For example, the ParentAccountID field connects the Account and Contact entities.


    Nested grids are only available for phones, tablets, and Unified Interface apps. Nested grids aren't available with legacy web client apps. More information: About Unified Interface

  7. If you don't want to allow the user to group data by any column in the view (you want to save space, for example), in the Group by Column row, select the pencil button, and then in the Configure Property "Group by Column" dialog box, select Disabled, and then select OK.


    This is mostly useful for subgrids on forms.

  8. If you want to add JavaScript events, select the Events tab, and then select the appropriate entities, fields, and events. More information: Use editable grids (developer).

    Add events in Editable Grid control.

  9. To save your work, select Save on the action bar.

  10. When you're ready to make changes available to your team, select Publish on the action bar.

  11. To test your changes, go to the view you specified in step 5, and then make some in-line editing changes.

Make a subgrid on a form editable


  • To save an editable grid change within a subgrid, the user must explicitly save before navigating out of the form.
  • If you are using legacy forms (versions prior to Dynamics CRM 2016) and enable an editable grid on a subgrid, the editable subgrid will not be rendered. System administrators can turn off legacy forms in system settings, if needed.
  1. Open solution explorer.

  2. Open the form that contains the subgrid.

  3. Select the appropriate control, and then select Change Properties on the ribbon.

  4. In the Set Properties dialog box, select Controls, select Add Control, and then follow the same steps listed above.

Supported out-of-the-box entities

This table lists the standard entities and client types that are supported with editable grids.

Web/tablet/phone Tablet/phone only Web only


Bookable Resource

Bookable Resource Booking

Bookable Resource Booking Header

Bookable Resource Category

Bookable Resource Category Assn

Bookable Resource Characteristic

Bookable Resource Group

Booking Status










Knowledge Article

Knowledge Article Views

Knowledge Base Record




Phone Call

Price List




Rating Model

Rating Value

SLA KPI Instance

Social Activity

Social Profile

Sync Error





Channel Access Profile Rule Item

Competitor Address


Connection Role

Email Signature

Email Template

Expired Process

Invoice Product

Knowledge Article Incident

Lead To Opportunity Sales



New Process


Opportunity Product

Opportunity Sales Process

Order Product


Phone to Case Process

Price List Item

Queue Item

Quote Product

Sharepoint Document

Translation Process

Campaign Activity

Campaign Response

Channel Access Profile

Channel Access Profile Rule


Entitlement Template

External Party

Marketing List


Quick Campaign

Recurring Appointment

Sales Literature


Data types that aren't editable in an editable grid

The following data types aren't editable in editable grids: Customer and Partylist Lookup fields; Composite (address) fields; State/Status fields; Lookup entity-related fields (for example, the Account entity includes a contact lookup, where the Contact field is editable but the EmailAdress(Contact) field is not editable).

Group by views work on client side only

Grouping behavior works only on the client side and does not span pages. Group by is a client only function and works only on one page of data. Group by does not show you all options based on your complete data set on the platform. Group by shows grouping only on the current page. You can disable the grouping by using the property on custom control configuration. More information: Make main grids editable

Business rules work only if conditional field is a column on the grid

Business Rules on an editable grid are supported only if the conditional field is also a column on the grid. If the field is not a column the business rules won’t work. Verify that each field referenced in the business rule is also included on the form. Note that business rules on an editable grid do not fire if the editable grid is configured on a dashboard page.

Keyboard support and shortcuts for editable grids

Editable grids are fully accessible, and provides excellent keyboard support including several keyboard shortcuts for improved productivity. The list of available shortcuts can be found here: Use keyboard shortcuts in editable grids

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Below are some of the most fequently asked questions related to editable grids.

I want to configure my look-up column to a certain view, but I don't see it in the Available Columns dropdown in the configuration?

Ensure that the look-up column that you want to configure is not a "Regarding" column. This is a special column type and it doesn't have support for configuring the view definitions on the Editable Grid configuration dialog.

Why isn't my business rule working for my column?

Ensure that the column where the business rule is applied is a part of your current view. A business rule doen't pull all the fields for an entity, only those fields which are present in the current view. So, if your business rule is on a column which is not available, it won't run.

Why is my grid read only when I have configured it to be editable?

Ensure that you are not using legacy Form rendering. Editable grids are not supported on legacy forms.

Why can't I use editable grids on phones?

Based on customer feedback, we have removed the editable grid experience from phones. When using a editable grid on a phone, you will see a read-only version of the list control.

Why can't I use record navigation in a form when coming from an editable grid?

This functionality isn't available with the legacy web client. However, this functionality is available in Unified Interface.

See also

Use keyboard shortcuts in editable grids
Use editable grids (developer)
Create and edit views
Create a business rule or business recommendation
Customize Dynamics 365 for phones and tablets