onfocusout event

[This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change.]

Fires for the current element with focus immediately after moving focus to another element.


HTML Attribute <element onfocusout = "handler(event)">
Event Property object.onfocusout = handler;
attachEvent Method object.attachEvent("onfocusout", handler)
addEventListener Method object.addEventListener("focusout", handler, useCapture)

Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.

Event information

Synchronous No
Bubbles No
Cancelable No

Event handler parameters


Each document may have up to one active element. Set the active element with the setActive or focus methods. Using the setActive method has no effect on document focus. Using the focus method on an individual element causes the element to gain focus and become the active element, and this causes onfocusout to fire for this active element.

Using the focus method on a document that does not have the focus moves the document to the front of the display. Additionally, the document's active element gains focus, and this causes onfocusout to fire for this active element.

For a given display, only one element has focus at any given time. Striking a key directly affects only the element with focus. Events fired by that keystroke may be scripted to affect other documents and child elements.

With Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and later, focus on a document and the active element of a document can be managed separately. Use the onfocusout event to manage formatting changes when an element loses focus.

To invoke this event, do one of the following:

  • Click a document, when the document does not have focus.
  • Click an element, other than the current element with focus.
  • Use the keyboard to move focus from the active element to another element.
  • Invoke the focus method on an element, when the element is not the active element.

The pEvtObj parameter is required for the following interfaces:

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Build date: 1/23/2012