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jQuery event.target Property

❮ jQuery Event Methods

Example

Return which DOM element triggered the event:

$("p, button, h1, h2").click(function(event){
  $("div").html("Triggered by a " + event.target.nodeName + " element.");
});
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Definition and Usage

The event.target property returns which DOM element triggered the event.

It is often useful to compare event.target to this in order to determine if the event is being handled due to event bubbling.


Syntax

event.target

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

❮ jQuery Event Methods