HTMLTextAreaElement: select event

The select event fires when some text has been selected.


Use the event name in methods like addEventListener(), or set an event handler property.

addEventListener("select", (event) => {});

onselect = (event) => {};

Event type

A generic Event.


Selection logger

<textarea>Try selecting some text in this element.</textarea>
<p id="log"></p>
function logSelection(event) {
  const log = document.getElementById("log");
  const selection =,
  log.textContent = `You selected: ${selection}`;

const textarea = document.querySelector("textarea");
textarea.addEventListener("select", logSelection);

onselect equivalent

You can also set up the event handler using the onselect property:

textarea.onselect = logSelection;


HTML Standard
# event-select
HTML Standard
# handler-onselect

Browser compatibility

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