Document: caretPositionFromPoint() method

The caretPositionFromPoint() method of the Document interface returns a CaretPosition object, containing the DOM node, along with the caret and caret's character offset within that node.


caretPositionFromPoint(x, y)



The horizontal coordinate of a point.


The vertical coordinate of a point.

Return value

A CaretPosition object.


Click anywhere in the Demo paragraph below to insert a line break at the point where you click. The code for it is below the demo.


The code below first checks for document.caretPositionFromPoint support, but if the browser doesn't support that, the code then checks for document.caretRangeFromPoint, and uses that instead.


function insertBreakAtPoint(e) {
  let range;
  let textNode;
  let offset;

  if (document.caretPositionFromPoint) {
    range = document.caretPositionFromPoint(e.clientX, e.clientY);
    textNode = range.offsetNode;
    offset = range.offset;
  } else if (document.caretRangeFromPoint) {
    // Use WebKit-proprietary fallback method
    range = document.caretRangeFromPoint(e.clientX, e.clientY);
    textNode = range.startContainer;
    offset = range.startOffset;
  } else {
    // Neither method is supported, do nothing
  // Only split TEXT_NODEs
  if (textNode?.nodeType === 3) {
    let replacement = textNode.splitText(offset);
    let br = document.createElement("br");
    textNode.parentNode.insertBefore(br, replacement);

let paragraphs = document.getElementsByTagName("p");
for (const paragraph of paragraphs) {
  paragraph.addEventListener("click", insertBreakAtPoint, false);


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CSSOM View Module
# dom-document-caretpositionfrompoint

Browser compatibility

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See also