Node: selectstart event

The selectstart event of the Selection API is fired when a user starts a new selection.

If the event is canceled, the selection is not changed.


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

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

onselectstart = (event) => {};

Event type

A generic Event.


// addEventListener version
document.addEventListener("selectstart", () => {
  console.log("Selection started");

// onselectstart version
document.onselectstart = () => {
  console.log("Selection started.");


Selection API
# selectstart-event
Selection API
# dom-globaleventhandlers-onselectstart

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See also