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By Peter Finch

Archive for April 23rd, 2007

How to submit a HTML form with the Enter Key

Posted by pcfinch on April 23, 2007

If your form does not have a SUBMIT button then, in some cases the browser will not automatically submit the form when you press ENTER. Here is how to submit the form when the user presses the ENTER key.

The code simply intercepts all the key presses on the page and when the ENTER key is pressed if submits the form by calling the appropriate JavaScript function. In this case submitForm(), however, it could be any other function. This function works on Mozilla and Internet Explorer (IE).

document.onkeypress = processKey;

function processKey(e)
  if (null == e)
    e = window.event ;
  if (e.keyCode == 13)  {
    submitForm() ;

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