The HTMLElement.blur() method removes keyboard focus from the current element.

Syntax

elt.blur()

Examples

Remove focus from a text area

HTML

<input type="text" id="myText" value="Sample Text">
<p></p>
<button type="button" onclick="focusMethod()">Click me to gain focus</button>
<button type="button" onclick="blurMethod()">Click me to lose focus</button>

JavaScript

focusMethod = function getFocus() {          
  document.getElementById("myText").focus();
}
blurMethod = function getBlur() {          
  document.getElementById("myText").blur();
}

Result

Specification

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'blur' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'blur' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML5
The definition of 'blur' in that specification.
Recommendation  
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification
The definition of 'blur' in that specification.
Obsolete  

Browser compatibility

In IE9-10, there is a bug where calling blur() on the <body> will switch the active application window away from the browser to a different application entirely.

See also

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