ProjectDocument.getSelectedDataAsync method

Asynchronously gets the text value of the data that is contained in the current selection of one or more cells in the Gantt Chart view.

Hosts: Project
Available in Requirement set Selection
Added in 1.0
Office.context.document.getSelectedDataAsync(coercionType[, options][, callback]);


Name Type Description Support notes
coercionType CoercionType The type of data structure to return. Required.
Project 2013 supports only Office.CoercionType.Text or "text".
options object Specifies any of the following optional parameters.
valueFormat ValueFormat The formatting to use for number or date values.
Project 2013 ignores this parameter and internally sets it to unformatted.
filterType FilterType Specifies whether to include only visible data or all data.
Project 2013 ignores this parameter and internally sets it to all.
asyncContext array, boolean, null, number, object, string, or undefined A user-defined item of any type that is returned in the AsyncResult object without being altered.
callback object A function that is invoked when the callback returns, whose only parameter is of type AsyncResult.

Callback Value

When the callback function executes, it receives an AsyncResult object that you can access from the parameter in the callback function.

For the getSelectedDataAsync method, the returned AsyncResult object contains the following properties.

Name Description
asyncContext The data that was passed in the optional asyncContext parameter, if the parameter was used.
error Information about the error, if the status property equals failed.
status The succeeded or failed status of the asynchronous call.
value The text value of the selected cells.


The ProjectDocument.getSelectedDataAsync method overrides the Document.getSelectedDataAsync method and returns the text value of data that is selected in one or more cells in the Gantt Chart view. ProjectDocument.getSelectedDataAsync supports only a text format as the CoercionType - it does not support matrix, table, or other formats.


The following code example gets the values of the selected cells. It uses the optional asyncContext parameter to pass some text to the callback function.

The example assumes your add-in has a reference to the jQuery library and that the following page controls are defined in the content div in the page body.

<input id="get-info" type="button" value="Get info" /><br />
<span id="message"></span>
(function () {
    "use strict";

    // The initialize function must be run each time a new page is loaded.
    Office.initialize = function (reason) {
        $(document).ready(function () {

            // After the DOM is loaded, add-in-specific code can run.

    // Get the text from the selected cells in the document, and display it in the add-in.
    function getSelectedText() {
            {asyncContext: 'Some related info'},
            function (result) {
                if (result.status === Office.AsyncResultStatus.Failed) {
                else {
                    var output = String.format(
                        'Selected text: {0}<br/>Passed info: {1}',
                        result.value, result.asyncContext);

    function onError(error) {
        $('#message').html( + ' ' + error.code + ': ' + error.message);

Support details

A capital Y in the following matrix indicates that this method is supported in the corresponding Office host application. An empty cell indicates that the Office host application doesn't support this method.

For more information about Office host application and server requirements, see Requirements for running Office Add-ins.

Office for Windows desktop Office Online (in browser)
Project Y
Available in requirement sets Selection
Minimum permission level ReadDocument
Add-in types Task pane
Library Office.js
Namespace Office

Support history

Version Changes
1.0 Introduced

See also

Other resources

AsyncResult object


ProjectDocument object