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The twist read-only property of the PointerEvent interface represents the clockwise rotation of the transducer (e.g. pen stylus) around its major axis in degrees, with a value in the range 0 to 359.

For devices that do not report twist, the value MUST be 0.


var twist = pointerEvent.twist;


A long value representing the amount of twist applied to the pointer.


When a pointerdown event is fired, different functions are called depending on the value of the event's twist property.

someElement.addEventListener('pointerdown', function(ev) {
   if (ev.twist == 0) {
     // No twist
   } else {
     // Default
 }, false);


Specification Status Comment
Pointer Events – Level 2
The definition of 'twist' in that specification.
Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 58 (Yes) No support[1] (Yes) 45 No support
Feature Android Webview Chrome for Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 58 58 (Yes) No support[1] (Yes) 45 No support

[1] This feature was implemented in Firefox 54, and is currently hidden behind a flag — to enable it and experiment, go to about:config and enable dom.w3c_pointer_events.enabled.

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