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The head read-only property of the Document interface returns the <head> element of the current document. If there is more than one <head> in the document, the first one is returned.


var objRef = document.head;


An HTMLHeadElement.


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

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

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


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.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.
The definition of 'Document.head' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes49115
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?


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