ondeactivate event

Fires when the IHTMLDocument2::activeElement is changed from the current object to another object in the parent document.


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


Event information

Synchronous No
Bubbles Yes
Cancelable No


Event handler parameters

Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.


Note  When focus leaves the document, the active element does not change and the HTMLSelectElementEvents2::onbeforedeactivate event will not fire.


Each document may have up to one active element. Set the active element with the IHTMLElement3::setActive or IHTMLElement2::focus methods. Using the IHTMLElement3::setActive method has no effect on document focus. Using the IHTMLElement2::focus method on an individual element causes the element to gain focus and become the active element.

Using the IHTMLElement2::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.

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.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and later, the event.IHTMLEventObj::toElement property is now exposed by the HTMLSelectElementEvents2::ondeactivate event.

With Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and later, focus on a document, and the IHTMLDocument2::activeElement of a document can be managed separately. Use the HTMLSelectElementEvents2::ondeactivate event to manage formatting changes when a element loses activation.

Change activation from the event.IHTMLEventObj::srcElement to the event.IHTMLEventObj::toElement.

To invoke this event, do one of the following:

  • Click an element, other than the IHTMLDocument2::activeElement element of the document.
  • Use the keyboard to move focus from the active element to another element.
  • Invoke the IHTMLElement3::setActive method on an element, when the element is not the active element.

The pEvtObj parameter is required for the following interfaces:

See also