The KeyboardEvent.metaKey read-only property returning a Boolean that indicates if the Meta key was pressed (true) or not (false) when the event occurred.  Some operating systems may intercept the key so it is never detected.

Note: On Macintosh keyboards, this is the ⌘ Command key. On Windows keyboards, this is the Windows key (⊞ Windows).

At least as of Firefox 48, the ⊞ Windows key is not considered the "Meta" key. KeyboardEvent.metaKey is false when the ⊞ Windows is pressed.

Syntax

var metaKeyPressed = instanceOfKeyboardEvent.metaKey

Return value

A boolean

Example

function ismetaKey(e) {
  alert("metaKey = " + e.metaKey);
}
<button onclick="ismetaKey(event)">Click me with the meta key</button>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Specification
The definition of 'KeyboardEvent.metaKey' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?

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