Make model-driven app grids (lists) editable using the Editable Grid custom control

In previous releases of Dynamics CRM, users couldn’t enter data directly in grids (sometimes called lists) or sub-grids 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 sub-grids 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 sub-grid 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 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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 and tablets, not the web.

  3. 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 sub-grids on forms.

  4. If you want to add JavaScript events, select the Events tab, and then select the appropriate entities, fields, and events. More information: Developer Documentation: Use editable grids

    Add events in Editable Grid control

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

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

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

Make a sub-grid on a form editable


  • To save an editable grid change within a sub-grid, 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 sub-grid, the editable sub-grid 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 sub-grid.

  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 standard entities

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 EmailAddress(Contact) field is not editable).

Next steps

Use keyboard shortcuts in editable grids