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Form selected selector.

Shorthand version $(':selected')


The :selected selector, selects all elements of type selected.

Being a jQuery extension the :selected pseudo selector is not part of any current CSS specification. Therefore :selected cannot take advantage of the performance boost provided by the native DOM querySelectorAll() method.

If this selector is not preceded by another selector, the universal selector ("*") is implied and so the whole DOM will be searched. Use another selector as in the example below to narrow the search and improve performance.


Signature Description
jQuery(':selected')Form selected pseudo-class match





:selected ExampleTop

Selects all elements of type selected.

In the example below we output a message that changes every time a new select value is chosen.

  $('.ourform2').submit(function () { return false; }); // disable submit 
  $("select").change(function () {
    var selectValue = "";
    $("select option:selected").each(function () {
   	  selectValue += $(this).text() + " pie shape is selected";

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Related Tutorials

jQuery 3.5 Basic Tutorials - Lesson 4 - jQuery Selectors