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Add focusOnShow property to Dialog #988

RikSlendebroek opened this issue Aug 14, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Aug 14, 2019

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note: this is the same as the code on the dialog example found on the primereact site, but it does focus on a different button

Current behavior

When opening a dialog it will focus the first button it can find (found in the code, tested with disabling). On the site and in the codepen it's fine since it will focus a maximize button or the yes button. However, it focusses the close button in our application. This means when the user presses enter after opening the dialog it closes.

Expected behavior

When opening the dialog it should not autofocus a button.

Minimal reproduction of the problem with instructions

focus() {
let focusable = DomHandler.findSingle(this.container, 'button');
if (focusable) {
show() {
if (this.props.onShow) {
} = String(this.props.baseZIndex + DomHandler.generateZIndex());
if (this.props.modal) {
if (this.state.maximized) {
DomHandler.removeClass(document.body, 'p-overflow-hidden');

I found the code where it sets the focus. but seems deliberate. If it could be made as an opt out would already work. Or explanation seems a bit random to focus on the first button you can find.

Removing line 105 seems to fix it for me, but it is also the only reference to the focus function written above, that's why it seems deliberate.

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  • React version:


  • PrimeReact version:

3.1.4 and also tested on 3.1.8

  • Browser: [all | Chrome XX | Firefox XX | IE XX | Safari XX | Mobile Chrome XX | Android X.X Web Browser | iOS XX Safari | iOS XX UIWebView | iOS XX WKWebView ]

Chrome 76.0.3809.100

  • Language: [all | TypeScript X.X | ES6/7 | ES5]

@mertsincan mertsincan changed the title Dialog autofocusses first button found Add focusOnShow property to Dialog Aug 27, 2019

@mertsincan mertsincan self-assigned this Aug 27, 2019

@mertsincan mertsincan added this to the 3.1.9 milestone Aug 27, 2019

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