Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   93 times

I have a form with two text boxes, one select drop down and one radio button. When the enter key is pressed, I want to call my JavaScript function, but when I press it, the form is submitted.

How do I prevent the form from being submitted when the enter key is pressed?


if(characterCode == 13)
    return false; // returning false will prevent the event from bubbling up.
    return true;

Ok, so imagine you have the following textbox in a form:

<input id="scriptBox" type="text" onkeypress="return runScript(event)" />

In order to run some "user defined" script from this text box when the enter key is pressed, and not have it submit the form, here is some sample code. Please note that this function doesn't do any error checking and most likely will only work in IE. To do this right you need a more robust solution, but you will get the general idea.

function runScript(e) {
    //See notes about 'which' and 'key'
    if (e.keyCode == 13) {
        var tb = document.getElementById("scriptBox");
        return false;

returning the value of the function will alert the event handler not to bubble the event any further, and will prevent the keypress event from being handled further.


It's been pointed out that keyCode is now deprecated. The next best alternative which has also been deprecated.

Unfortunately the favored standard key, which is widely supported by modern browsers, has some dodgy behavior in IE and Edge. Anything older than IE11 would still need a polyfill.

Furthermore, while the deprecated warning is quite ominous about keyCode and which, removing those would represent a massive breaking change to untold numbers of legacy websites. For that reason, it is unlikely they are going anywhere anytime soon.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Here is a modified version of my function. It does the following:

  1. Prevents the enter key from working on any element of the form other than the textarea, button, submit.
  2. The enter key now acts like a tab.
  3. preventDefault(), stopPropagation() being invoked on the element is fine, but invoked on the form seems to stop the event from ever getting to the element.

So my workaround is to check the element type, if the type is not a textarea (enters permitted), or button/submit (enter = click) then we just tab to the next thing.

Invoking .next() on the element is not useful because the other elements might not be simple siblings, however since DOM pretty much garantees order when selecting so all is well.

function preventEnterSubmit(e) {
    if (e.which == 13) {
        var $targ = $(;

        if (!$"textarea") && !$":button,:submit")) {
            var focusNext = false;
            $(this).find(":input:visible:not([disabled],[readonly]), a").each(function(){
                if (this === {
                    focusNext = true;
                else if (focusNext){
                    return false;

            return false;
Thursday, June 3, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

Form approach

As scoota269 says, you should use onSubmit instead, cause pressing enter on a textbox will most likey trigger a form submit (if inside a form)

<form action="#" onsubmit="handle">
    <input type="text" name="txt" />

    function handle(e){
        e.preventDefault(); // Otherwise the form will be submitted

        alert("FORM WAS SUBMITTED");

Textbox approach

If you want to have an event on the input-field then you need to make sure your handle() will return false, otherwise the form will get submitted.

<form action="#">
    <input type="text" name="txt" onkeypress="handle(event)" />

    function handle(e){
        if(e.keyCode === 13){
            e.preventDefault(); // Ensure it is only this code that runs

            alert("Enter was pressed was presses");
Thursday, June 17, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

Assuming HTML:

<form id="myForm"> ...

You can do this with JavaScript:

document.getElementById("myForm").onsubmit = function () {
    return false;
Monday, August 2, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

This should work. Maybe add some further checking if not some other key like Alt or Shift are pressed at the same time. Hope it is self explanatory, if not just ask and I provide clarification.

var dblCtrlKey = 0;
Event.observe(document, 'keydown', function(event) {
  if (dblCtrlKey != 0 && event.ctrlKey) {
    alert("Ok double ctrl");
    dblCtrlKey = 0;
  } else {
    dblCtrlKey = setTimeout('dblCtrlKey = 0;', 300);

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
answered 2 Months ago
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