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jQuery keypress() Method

❮ jQuery Event Methods


Count the number of key presses in an <input> field:

  $("span").text(i += 1);
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Definition and Usage

The order of events related to the keypress event:

  1. keydown - The key is on its way down
  2. keypress - The key is pressed down
  3. keyup - The key is released

The keypress() method triggers the keypress event, or attaches a function to run when a keypress event occurs.

The keypress event is similar to the keydown event. The event occurs when a button is pressed down.

However, the keypress event is not fired for all keys (e.g. ALT, CTRL, SHIFT, ESC). Use the keydown() method to also check these keys.


Trigger the keypress event for the selected elements:

$(selector).keypress() Try it

Attach a function to the keypress event:

$(selector).keypress(function) Try it

Parameter Description
function Optional. Specifies the function to run when the keypress event is triggered

❮ jQuery Event Methods