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target Event Property

Examples

Get the element where the event occurred:

const element = event.target;
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Get the name of the element where the event occurred:

let text = event.target.tagName;
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More examples below.


Definition and Usage

The target property returns the element where the event occured.

The target property is read-only.

The target property returns the element on which the event occurred, opposed to the currentTarget property, which returns the element whose event listener triggered the event.


Syntax

event.target

Technical Details

Return Value: An Object.
The object where the event originally occured.
DOM Version: DOM Level 2 Events.


More examples

Example

Get the element that triggered the event:

const element = event.currentTarget;
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Example

Get the name of the element that triggered the event:

let text = event.currentTarget.tagName;
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Browser Support

event.target is a DOM Level 2 (2001) feature.

It is fully supported in all browsers:

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