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HTML | DOM TouchEvent shiftKey Property

  • Last Updated : 31 Jan, 2019

The TouchEvent shiftKey property is a read-only property and used for returning a Boolean value which indicates whether or not the “shift” key was pressed when a touch event was triggered.
The TouchEvent shiftKey property mostly returns false because generally, touch devices do not have a shift key.

Syntax :


Return Value: It returns true if the shift key is pressed, else it returns false.

Below program illustrates the TouchEvent shiftKey property :
Example: Finding out whether the “shift” key was pressed on the touch screen or not.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta name="viewport" 
    <title>TouchEvent shiftKey property in HTML
        h1 {
            color: green;
        h2 {
            font-family: Impact;
        body {
            text-align: center;
<body ontouchstart="isKeyPressed(event)">
    <h2>TouchEvent shiftKey property</h2>
    <p>Touch somewhere in the document and wait for
      an alert to tell if the shift key was pressed or not.</p>
        function count(event) {
            //  Check whether the shift key is 
            //  pressed or not
            if (event.shiftKey) {
                alert("Shift key has been pressed!");
            } else {
                alert("Shift key has not been pressed!");


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Supported Browsers

  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Apple Safari

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