The HTMLElement.title property represents the title of the element, the text usually displayed in a 'tool tip' popup when the mouse is over the displayed node.

If a node does not have a title attribute, then the default action is to inherit it from its parent node, which in turn may inherit it from its parent node, etc.

 <div title="CoolTip">
   <div title="">mouse over here will popup "CoolTip"</div>
   <div title=" ">mouse over here will popup nothing</div>
 </div>

Syntax

var str = element.title;
element.title = str;

Example

 button1.title = "click to refresh";

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'title' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification
The definition of 'title' in that specification.
Obsolete No change from Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification
The definition of 'title' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome ? Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

Full support  
Full support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown

See also

  • The HTML title global attribute.

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