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

Syntax

sel.toString()

Return value

A string representing the selection.

Description

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.

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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Experimental
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support YesIE ? Opera Full support YesSafari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

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Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.

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