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Sets a keyboard keystroke for selection of its element, which would otherwise be done using a mouse.

Applies to  ?


This example uses the label object and the accessKey attribute to set focus on a text box. The label object makes it possible to underline the designated accessKey. You may also use the -ms-accelerator attribute to hide the underline until the ALT key is pressed.

<label for="fp1" accesskey="1">#<span style="text-decoration: underline;">1</span>: 
Press ALT+1 to set focus to textbox</label>
<input type="text" name="T1" value="text1" size="20" tabindex="1" id="fp1">

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By default, pressing an access key sets focus to an object. The object receives focus when the user simultaneously presses the ALT key and the access key assigned to an object. Some controls perform an action after receiving focus. For example, using accessKey on an input type=button causes the onclick event to fire. By comparison, applying the accessKey on a radio button causes the onclick event to fire and toggles the checked property, visibly selecting or deselecting the control. Note  For elements that are not tab stops by default, such as a SPAN, the tabIndex property must be set on the element for the accessKey property to function. In Windows Internet Explorer 7 and greater, ALT+D selects text in the Address bar, making D unavailable as a keyboard shortcut on a webpage. As of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, some scoped elements do not implicitly support the accessKey property. Instead, they support the property by setting the TABINDEX attribute to any valid negative or positive integer.


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