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Allows authors to group choices logically in a select element.

Overview Table

DOM Interface HTMLOptGroupElement


The following example shows how to use the OPTGROUP element to create groups of items in a drop-down list box.

    <OPTGROUP LABEL="Alkaline Metals">
        <OPTION>Lithium (Li)</OPTION>
        <OPTION>Sodium (Na)</OPTION>
        <OPTION>Potassium (K)</OPTION>
    <OPTGROUP LABEL="Halogens">
        <OPTION>Fluorine (F)</OPTION>
        <OPTION>Chlorine (Cl)</OPTION>
        <OPTION>Bromine (Br)</OPTION>



In HTML 4.01, all OPTGROUP elements must be specified directly within a SELECT element. Groups may not be nested. You can add OPTGROUP elements only to a SELECT element located in the same window where the OPTGROUP elements are created. This element is available in HTML as of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.

Standards information

HTML information


Related specifications

Specification Status Related Changes
HTML 5.1 W3C Working Draft
HTML 5 W3C Recommendation
HTML 4.01 W3C Recommendation


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