Thursday, September 15, 2016

How to create a custom Lookup control to be used in web resource in Microsoft Dynamic CRM (MS CRM)?


I was working for one report requirement, which require to filter out records based on Account (Customer).

Let’s assume, if we want to list all opportunities based on account selected.

The first question comes to my mind was, can I use look up control of dynamic CRM as a control directly in my custom report (web-resource) ?

The answer is ‘Yes’, with a little bit of scripting and CSS, we can create our own look up control and invoke Dynamic CRM Look Up Dialog box.

Outcome as in images below

Solution with step by step approach

1)      We need to make reference to JQuery and ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx files in our solution.

<script type="text/javascript" src="ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx"></script>
<script src=""></script> 

2)      The JavaScript method which are used to invoke lookup dialog box of dynamic CRM.

function OpenLookup(objecttypecode)
   var serverurl = "";
   var DialogOptions = new Xrm.DialogOptions();
   DialogOptions.width = 800;
   DialogOptions.height = 600;

   var url = serverurl + "/_controls/lookup/lookupsingle.aspx?class=null&objecttypes=" + objecttypecode + "&browse=0&ShowNewButton=0&ShowPropButton=1&DefaultType=0";

   Xrm.Internal.openDialog(url, DialogOptions, null, null, CallbackFunction);

function CallbackFunction(event)
   var name = event.items[0].name;
   var id = event.items[0].id;
   $('#txt_lookup_name')[0].value = name;
   $('#txt_lookup_id')[0].value = id;

Objecttypecode parameter of method OpenLookup, represent internal value for an entity. 

For an example.
Object Type Code

You can further refer to various entity type and its internal object type code here

3)      A small bit of CSS for making it look like CRM Look Up control.

        .enjoy-css {
            display: block;
            float: left;
            padding:2px 5px;
            border: 1px solid #b7b7b7;
            font: normal 12px/normal segoe ui;
        .lookupImg {
            display: block;
            float: left;
            border: 1px solid #b7b7b7;
        .lookupAlignment {
        span {
            font: normal 16px/normal segoe ui;
        td {
            font: normal 14px/normal segoe ui; width:200px;

4)      HTML Code for rendering control and invoking JavaScript methods.

OpenLookup – method is highlighted in below code and ‘1’ is passed to open lookup control for account entity.

    <br />
        Custom Lookup Control by - Vipin Jaiswal ( <u></u> )

    <br /><br /><br /><br />
            <td>Account </td>
            <td class="lookupAlignment">
                <input type="text" id="txt_lookup_name" class="enjoy-css" />
                <img id="img_lookup_search" src=""
                    class="lookupImg" />

            <td>Selected Account Guid
                <input type="text" id="txt_lookup_id" class="enjoy-css" />
    <br />   

5)      An Image which represent search Icon

I hope you find this article interesting.


1 comment:

Shubhangi Kalunge said...

Nice article.
Thanks it helps me a lot