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

The Selection.toString() method returns a string currently being represented by the selection object, i.e. the currently selected text.


str = sel.toString()

Return value

  • str is the string representation of selection.




This method returns the currently selected text.

In JavaScript, this method is called automatically when a function the selection object is passed to requires a string:

alert(window.getSelection()) // What is called
alert(window.getSelection().toString())  // What is actually being effectively called.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Editing APIs
The definition of 'Selection.toString()' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

We're converting our compatibility data into a machine-readable JSON format. This compatibility table still uses the old format, because we haven't yet converted the data it contains. Find out how you can help!

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support ? (Yes) (Yes) 11 ? ?
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 ? ? ?

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

 Last updated by: slawiko,