:text Selector

Selects all input elements of type text.


$( ":text" ) allows us to select all <input type="text"> elements. As with other pseudo-class selectors (those that begin with a ":") it is recommended to precede it with a tag name or some other selector; otherwise, the universal selector ( "*" ) is implied. In other words, the bare $( ":text" ) is equivalent to $( "*:text" ), so $( "input:text" ) should be used instead.

Note: As of jQuery 1.5.2, :text selects input elements that have no specified type attribute (in which case type="text" is implied).

This difference in behavior between $( ":text" ) and $( "[type=text]" ), can be seen below:

$("<input>").is("[type=text]"); // false
$("<input>").is(":text"); // true

Finds all text inputs.

  <input type="button" value="Input Button" />
  <input type="checkbox" />
  <input type="file" />
  <input type="hidden" />
  <input type="image" />
  <input type="password" />
  <input type="radio" />
  <input type="reset" />
  <input type="submit" />
  <input type="text" />
textarea {
  height: 25px;
var input = $("form input:text").css({
  background: "yellow",
  border: "3px red solid",

  .text("For this type jQuery found " + input.length + ".")
  .css("color", "red");

// Prevent form submission
$("form").submit(function (event) {

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