jQuery Highlight Text

Sam Deering

Simple jQuery and CSS code snippets to highlight text on page in order to select it for copy or it could be used in combination with a search script to show where matches are found on a page.


Note: CSS3-only feature (only Firefox and Safari too as far as I know).

::selection {
    background: #ffb7b7; /* Safari */
}
::-moz-selection {
    background: #ffb7b7; /* Firefox */
}

Or use a textbox:

<input type="text" id="txtInput" />
function selectAllText(textbox) {
    textbox.focus();
    textbox.select();
}
jQuery('#txtInput').click(function() { selectAllText(jQuery(this)) });

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  • Jerry

    Your online demos seem to be pointing to that json tree viewer – past couple of times…

    • jquery4u

      Hi Jerry, good spot! My bad, i’ll update the right demo link.