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HTML onkeypress Attribute

Definition and Usage

The onkeypress attribute fires when the user presses a key (on the keyboard).

Tip: The order of events related to the onkeypress event:

  1. onkeydown
  2. onkeypress
  3. onkeyup

Note: The onkeypress event is not fired for all keys (e.g. ALT, CTRL, SHIFT, ESC) in all browsers. To detect only whether the user has pressed a key, use onkeydown instead, because it works for all keys.

Applies to

The onkeypress attribute is part of the Event Attributes, and can be used on any HTML elements.

Elements Event
All HTML elements onkeypress


Input Example

Execute a JavaScript when a user presses a key:

<input type="text" onkeypress="displayResult()">
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Browser Support

Event Attribute
onkeypress Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes