Default Selected Item Layout property

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The purpose of this property is to dynamically change the layout of an SD grid’s row when we select it, in order to show more or less information, and also to enable new actions only available when the row is selected.

Normal   "Cimas Alejandro" selected
Image_GridSpeakers   Image_GridSpeakers2


How it works

To exemplify this, let’s take the EventDay, application where we have a WorkWithDevicesSpeakers object with a grid where all the event’s speakers are loaded. Suppose we want to extend a speaker’s deployed data when we select that speaker, but without having to navigate in its Detail level. This will save navigation steps and will allow the user to remain on the speakers list when all he needs is to view the additional information provided for that case.

To do this, we create a new layout on the SD Grid of the Speakers List level (see Multiple Layouts per Row for more details):

  • Click on the upper right corner of the SD Grid.
  • In the menu that is displayed click on “Add New Item Layout”.


  • Select the name desired for the new Layout –in this case we will call it "SelectedItem". We will also rename the default layout as “Item”
  • Organize the Layout as wanted (Add/Move/Remove elements). In this example, we show a brief biography of the speaker, and an arrow-shaped image to access further information on the speaker if desired.


  • We then select the SD Grid of the Speakers List level and set the property “Default Action” as“<none>”, so that it will not go to the Detail level when we tap on a row. Next, set the property “Default Selected Item Layout” as “SelectedItem”, which is the layout we’ve just created.


  • Run (F5) and watch the result.

Additionally, in order to continue having access to the Detail level, we create the following event on the arrow-shaped image of the SelectedItem layout::

Event Image1.Tap

Functionality in action


As from GeneXus Tilo Beta 1 for iOS, and as from GeneXus Tilo Beta 2 for Android apps


Controls Grids for Smart Devices
Platforms Apple Smart Devices (iOS)Android Smart Devices


For the Default Selected Item Layout property to work, the Grid’s Default Layout must be different from the layout configured in that property.

See also

Sample KB
Multiple Layouts per Row
Work With for Smart Devices object
Work With for Smart Devices configuration
Work With for Smart Devices Detail Node
Work With for Smart Devices List Node

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