Picker component in the Microsoft Graph Toolkit

The Picker component uses mgt-get to query the Microsoft Graph API then renders a dropdown control allowing selection of a single resource from an array of resources.


The following example shows the use of the mgt-picker component to select a task list from a user's task lists. You can use the code editor to see how properties and attributes change the behavior of the component.

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Properties and attributes

You can use several attributes to change the behavior of the component. The required attributes are key-name for example displayName and resource for example /users

Attribute Property Description
resource resource The resource to get from Microsoft Graph (for example, /me or /users).
placeholder placeholder The placeholder rendered in the picker (for example, Select a user or Select a task list).
key-name keyName The key to be rendered in the picker (for example, displayName).
selected-value selectedValue Optional. The value to be set as the currently selected option in the picker. Must be present in the options provided from the Microsoft Graph query.
scopes scopes Optional array of strings if using the property or a comma delimited scope if using the attribute. The component uses these scopes (with a supported provider) to ensure that the user has consented to the right permission.
version version Optional API version to use when making the GET request. Default is v1.0.
max-pages maxPages Optional number of pages (for resources that support paging). Default is 3. Setting this value to 0 will get all pages.
cache-enabled cacheEnabled Optional Boolean. When set, it indicates that the response from the resource will be cached. Override if refresh() is called or if pollingRate is in use. Default is false.
cache-invalidation-period cacheInvalidationPeriod Optional number of milliseconds. When set in combination with cacheEnabled, the delay before the cache reaches its invalidation period will be modified by this value. Default is 0 and will use the default invalidation period.
N/A response Read-only response from Microsoft Graph if request was successful.
N/A error Read-only error from Microsoft Graph if request wasn't successful.

CSS custom properties

The mgt-picker component defines the following CSS custom properties for you to provide overrides with.

  scopes="tasks.read, tasks.readwrite"
.picker {
  --picker-background-color: grey;
  --picker-list-max-height: 200px;

To learn more, see styling components.


Method Description
refresh(force?:boolean) Call the method to refresh the data. By default, the UI will only update if the data changes. Pass true to force the component to update.


Event When is it emitted Custom data Cancelable Bubbles Works with custom template
selectionChanged Fired when there is a change in the selected resource in the dropdown. { response: any, error: any }. The response property contains the response retrieved from Microsoft Graph. The error property contains information about the error if one occurred No Yes Yes


For more information about the data returned in the response property see the API reference of the API that you used in the resource property of the Picker component.

For more information about handling events, see events.


The mgt-picker component supports several templates that you can use to define the look and feel. To specify a template, include a <template> element inside a component and set the data-type value to one of the following.

Data type Data context Description
error The error from Microsoft Graph. This template is used if there is an error making the request.
loading N/A This template is used while the request is being made.
no-data N/A This template is used when the request returned no data.

Example template usage

<mgt-picker resource="me/todo/lists" scopes="tasks.read, tasks.readwrite" key-name="displayName">
  <div>Loading template</div>
    <template data-type="loading">
    <template data-type="no-data">
      <div>No data</div>
    <template data-type="error">

Microsoft Graph permissions

Permissions required by this component depend on the data that you want to retrieve with it from Microsoft Graph. For more information about permissions, see the Microsoft Graph permissions reference.


The control uses the global authentication provider described in the authentication documentation to fetch the required data.


To enable and configure the cache, use the cacheEnabled and cacheInvalidationPeriod properties. By default, the mgt-picker component doesn't cache any responses.

Object store Cached data Remarks
response Complete response retrieved from Microsoft Graph for the query specified in the resource property of mgt-picker

See Caching for more details.


The control exposes the following variables that can be localized. For details about how to set up localization, see Localizing components.

String name Default value
comboboxPlaceholder Select an item