The Event property returnValue property indicates if the default action for this event has been prevented or not. It is set to true by default, allowing the default action to occur. Setting this property to false prevents the default action.

Note: While returnValue has been adopted into the DOM standard, it is present primarily to support existing code. You should use preventDefault() and defaultPrevented instead of this historical property.


event.returnValue = bool;

var bool = event.returnValue;


A Boolean value which is true if the event has not been canceled; otherwise, if the event has been canceled or the default has been prevented, the value is false.

The value returned by returnValue is the opposite of the value returned by defaultPrevented.

Usage notes

returnValue was introduced into the DOM by Internet Explorer 6, and due to that browser's ubiquity became so commonly used that other browsers eventually implemented it as well. It has been adopted into the DOM specification, primarily to ensure that existing web content continues to function going forward.

New projects should generally avoid using returnValue, although they may if they choose to do so.


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'returnValue' in that specification.
Living Standard Added for legacy compatibility.

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Chrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 63IE Full support 6Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 63Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android ?


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Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

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