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jQuery event.preventDefault() Method

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Example

Prevent a link from opening the URL:

$("a").click(function(event){
  event.preventDefault();
});

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Definition and Usage

The event.preventDefault() method stops the default action of an element from happening.

For example:

  • Prevent a submit button from submitting a form
  • Prevent a link from following the URL

Tip: Use the event.isDefaultPrevented() method to check whether the preventDefault() method was called for the event.


Syntax

event.preventDefault()

Parameter Description
event Required. The event parameter comes from the event binding function


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