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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The Selection.collapse() method collapses the current selection to a single point. The document is not modified. If the content is focused and editable, the caret will blink there.


sel.collapse(node, offset);


The caret location will be within this node. This value can also be set to null — if null is specified, the method will behave like Selection.removeAllRanges(), i.e. all ranges will be removed from the selection.
offset Optional
The offset in node to which the selection will be collapsed. If not specified, the default value 0 is used.


/* Place the caret at the beginning of an HTML document's body. */
var body = document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0];


Specification Status Comment
Selection API
The definition of 'Selection.collapse()' in that specification.
Working Draft

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support 9Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


Full support  
Full support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.

See also