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jQuery Tip: How to find out if the text in a textbox is selected with jQuery


Here, we’re sharing a jQuery tip. This tip will help you to know if the text in a text box isĀ <input type=”text” /> selected or not. The result will be true or false.


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<input id="text_selected" type="text" value="Select Text" />
<input onmousedown="alert(isTextSelected(document.getElementByID('text_selected')));" type="button" value="Selected or Not" />

In HTML code, there is one textbox with id “text_selected“. We are triggering a function on a button and alerting the results.

jQuery Code

function isTextSelected(input) {
    if (typeof input.selectionStart == "number") {
        return input.selectionStart == 0 &amp;&amp; input.selectionEnd == input.value.length;
    } else if (typeof document.selection != "undefined") {
        return document.selection.createRange().text == input.value;

Above jQuery code will tell you whether or not all of the text is selected within a text input. It will work on all major browsers.

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