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Returns the <head> element of the current document. If there are more than one <head> elements, the first one is returned.

Syntax

var objRef = document.head;

Example

// in HTML: <head id="my-document-head">
var aHead = document.head;

alert(aHead.id); // "my-document-head";

alert( document.head === document.querySelector("head") ); // true

Notes

document.head is read-only. Trying to assign a value to this property will fail silently or, when in ECMAScript Strict Mode in a Gecko browser, throw a TypeError.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.
HTML5.1
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML5
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

  
Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 4.0(Yes) 4.0 (2) 9.0 11.0 5.0
  
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes)(Yes) 4.0 (2) 9.0 (Yes) (Yes)

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