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The selectionchange event of the Selection API is fired when the selection object of the document is modified, or when the selection associated with an <input> or a <textarea> changes. The selectionchange event is fired at the document in the first case, on the element in the second case.

Bubbles No
Cancelable No
Target objects Document, HTMLInputElement, HTMLTextAreaElement
Interface Event


document.addEventListener("selectionchange", function(e) {
}, false);

// "selectionchange" event is logged when a selection start on the page.


The selectionchange event implements the Event interface. You can use the properties and methods defined on this interface.


Specification Status Comment
Selection API
The definition of 'selectionchange' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 43 (43) [1] (Yes) (Yes) ?
on HTMLInputElement and HTMLTextAreaElement Not supported 43 (43) [1] Not supported Not supported Not supported
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 43.0 (43) [1] (Yes) (Yes) ?
on HTMLInputElement and HTMLTextAreaElement Not supported Not supported 43.0 (43) [1] Not supported Not supported Not supported

[1] This is implemented behind the dom.select_events.enabled preference, that default to false, except on Nightly. See bug 571294 for details.

See also

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