how to get the selected SPListItems in the current SPList ? I thought I would find a helping property like this:

SPListItemCollection mySelectedItems = SPContext.Current.List.getSelectedSPListItems();

but this wasn't available, so any idea how to retrieve these items ?

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I don't know about getting selected items at server-side, however personally I get the selected items in Javascript like this:

 var ctx = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
 var items = SP.ListOperation.Selection.getSelectedItems(ctx);
 var myItems = '';
 var i;

 for (i in items)
     myItems += '|' + items[i].id;

and assign this value to a Hidden Field in Javascript as:

 document.getElementById("<%= HiddenField1.ClientID %>").value = myItems;

and then call server-side code by clicking a hidden button pro grammatically:


OR Send this as Query String to the page which contains Visual Web Part and access the Query String at Server-side...

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  • Great answer, thanks ! one more question please : what is exactely the type of the variable items? is it: string array ? object collection? because I want to retrieve from those items their attached files on the server side
    – Glolita
    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:42
  • Glolita, in javascript you don't need to worry about the type... when you have all the item Id's concatenated with '|' in a HiddenField, you can then Split the ids and loop through the ids and get specific items! Oct 24, 2012 at 11:16

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