This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The Selection.rangeCount read-only property returns the number of ranges in the selection.

Before the user has clicked a freshly loaded page, the rangeCount is 0. After the user clicks on the page, rangeCount is 1, even if no selection is visible.

A user can normally only select one range at a time, so the rangeCount will usually be 1. Scripting can be used to make the selection contain more than 1 range.

Gecko browsers allow multiple selections across table cells.

Syntax

value = sel.rangeCount

Example

The following example will show the rangeCount every second. Select text in the browser to see it change.

HTML Content

Open the console to see how many ranges are in the selection.
In Gecko browsers, you can select multiple ranges across table
cells by holding down Ctrl while dragging with the mouse.

<table>
  <tr><td>a.1<td>a.2
  <tr><td>b.1<td>b.2


JavaScript Content

window.setInterval(function () {
  console.log(window.getSelection().rangeCount);
}, 1000);

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Editing APIs
The definition of 'Selection.rangeCount' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition
Selection API
The definition of 'Selection.rangeCount' in that specification.
Working Draft Current

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

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

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