The HTMLSelectElement.selectedIndex is a long that reflects the index of the first selected <option> element. The value -1 indicates that no element is selected.


var index = selectElem.selectedIndex;
selectElem.selectedIndex = index;



<p id="p">selectedIndex: 0</p>

<select id="select">
  <option selected>Option A</option>
  <option>Option B</option>
  <option>Option C</option>
  <option>Option D</option>
  <option>Option E</option>


var selectElem = document.getElementById('select')
var pElem = document.getElementById('p')

// When a new <option> is selected
selectElem.addEventListener('change', function() {
  var index = selectElem.selectedIndex;
  // Add that data to the <p>
  pElem.innerHTML = 'selectedIndex: ' + index;


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLSelectElement' in that specification.
Living Standard No change since the latest snapshot, HTML5.
The definition of 'HTMLSelectElement' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition, snapshot of HTML Living Standard.

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