Skip to main content
selectionStart property

Gets or sets the starting position or offset of a text selection.

HTML5 A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML, Section 7.6.2 Internet Explorer 9




p = object.selectionStart


Property values

Type: Integer

The starting position of the text selection.

Standards information


The following code example shows how to set a text selection's start and end positions.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Selection Start and End example</title>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function SelectSomeText () {
            var input = document.getElementById ("Textbox");
                input.selectionStart = 4;
                input.selectionEnd = 13;                
    <p><input type="text" id="Textbox" size="40" value="The text selection appears here"/></p>
    <p><button onclick="SelectSomeText ()">See selection</button></p>

See also

input type=email
input type=number
input type=range
input type=search
input type=tel
input type=text
input type=url