Handling keypress event in jQuery

28 Aug

To determine which key is pressed by the user, simply check jQuery event.which property for the keycode. The example below binds textarea elements with keypress event and cancel the default Enter key function:

$("textarea").keypress(function(e) {
    // If the key pressed is Enter
    if ( e.which === 13 ) {
        // Disable line break

        // Do things


Here are 2 useful links to look up javascript keycode:
Javascript Char Codes (Key Codes) – Cambia Research
JavaScript Event KeyCode Test Page

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Javascript, jQuery


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