onpaste event

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)
addEventListener Method object.addEventListener("paste", handler, useCapture)


Event information

Synchronous No
Bubbles Yes
Cancelable Yes


Event handler parameters

Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.


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

  1. Set the event object IHTMLEventObj::returnValue to FALSE in the HTMLTableEvents2::onbeforepaste event to enable the Paste shortcut menu item.
  2. Cancel the default behavior of the client by setting the event object IHTMLEventObj::returnValue to FALSE in the HTMLTableEvents2::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 IHTMLDataTransfer::getData method of the clipboardData object.
  4. Invoke the method in the HTMLTableEvents2::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:

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About DHTML Data Transfer