Make text inside a textfield display when the page loads and disapear when clicked

roryt 0 Tallied Votes 444 Views Share

Use

This script can be used to mimize space of a textfield by putting the title of the field inside the text field itself when the page loads. This title will then disapear when it is clicked.

How To Use

Use the following code as your textfield and fill in the "value" property with the text that you want appear inside the field.

I hope you can use this handy code somewhere

<input onfocus="this.value=''" name="Search" type="text" value="Search"/>
~s.o.s~ 2,560 Failure as a human Team Colleague Featured Poster

But this code won't work if the text field loses focus and then gains it again and for a variety of other conditions. With a bit of tweaking you guys should get the desired result. Here is my stab at it...:

<html>
<head>
    <title>Cool Text Effect</title>
</head>
<body>
    <label>Click on this text box </label>
    <input type="text" name="txt" value="Search" 
        onfocus="if(this.value == 'Search') { this.value = ''} " 
            onblur="if(this.value == '') { this.value='Search'; }" />
</body>
</html>
MattEvans 473 Veteran Poster Team Colleague Featured Poster

ah... but what if nothing and Search are valid values? ;)

<input type="text" name="txt" value="Search" 
        onfocus="if(this.beenchanged!=true){ this.value = ''}" 
            onblur="if(this.beenchanged!=true) { this.value='Search' }"
               onchange="this.beenchanged = true;"/>
tavox 0 Newbie Poster

Nice job, the original code i already know but the comments posted are very helpful.

almostbob 866 Retired: passive income ROCKS
<html>
<head>
<title>Text Effect</title>
</head>
<body>
<input style='background:url("search.jpg")' type="text" name="txt" value="" 
  onfocus='this.style.background="none";' 
  onblur="if(this.value == '') { this.style.background="url('search.jpg')"; }" />
</body>
</html>

where search.jpg is an image of the word 'Search'

ServletEst 0 Newbie Poster

this was really helpful, thanks

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