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HTML | DOM KeyboardEvent getModifierState() Method

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The KeyboardEvent getModifierState() method in HTML DOM is used to return whether a specified modifier key is pressed, or activated. The KeyboardEvent getModifierState() method returns true if the specified key is pressed, otherwise it returns false. The list of key which is pressed then Modifier keys activated are given below:
  • Alt
  • AltGraph
  • Control
  • Meta
  • Shift
Modifier keys activated when the user clicked and deactivated by using clicked once again:
  • CapsLock
  • NumLock
  • ScrollLock
event.getModifierState( modifierKey )
Below program illustrates the KeyboardEvent getModifierState() Property in HTML DOM: Example: This example find out whether or not the “SHIFT” key is being pressed down.
<!DOCTYPE html>
        HTML DOM KeyboardEvent getModifierState() Method
        KeyboardEvent getModifierState() Method
        Check whether the SHIFT key
        pressed down or not
    <input type="text" size="20" onkeydown="keyboard(event)">
    <p id="test"></p>
        function keyboard(event) {
            var s = event.getModifierState("Shift");
                = "Is SHIFT being pressed: " + s;

Output: Before pressing the button: After pressing the button: Supported Browsers: The browser supported by KeyboardEvent getModifierState() Method are listed below:
  • Google Chrome 30.0
  • Internet Explorer 9.0
  • Firefox 15.0
  • Safari 10.1
  • Opera 17.0

Last Updated : 14 Feb, 2019
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