onpaste event

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

Fires on the target object when the user pastes data, transferring the data from the system clipboard to the document.


HTML Attribute <element onpaste = "handler(event)">
Event Property object.onpaste = handler;
attachEvent Method object.attachEvent("onpaste", handler)

Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.

Event information

Synchronous No
Bubbles No
Cancelable No

Event handler parameters


Creating custom code to enable the Paste command requires several steps.

  1. Set the event object returnValue to FALSE in the onbeforepaste event to enable the Paste shortcut menu item.
  2. Cancel the default behavior of the client by setting the event object returnValue to FALSE in the onpaste event handler. This applies only to objects, such as the text box, that have a default behavior defined for them.
  3. Specify a data format in which to paste the selection through the getData method of the clipboardData object.
  4. Invoke the method in the onpaste event to execute custom paste code.

Inserts the data from the system clipboard into the specified location on the document.

To invoke this event, do one of the following:

  • Right-click to display the shortcut menu and select Paste.
  • Or press CTRL+V.

The pEvtObj parameter is required for the following interfaces:

See also









About DHTML Data Transfer



Build date: 1/23/2012