DISABLED Attribute | disabled Property

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Sets or retrieves the status of the object.


Scriptingobject.disabled [ = bDisabled ]

Possible Values

bDisabledBoolean that specifies or receives one of the following values.
falseDefault. Element is not disabled.
trueElement is disabled.

The property is read/write. The property has a default value of false.

Expressions can be used in place of the preceding value(s), as of Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5. For more information, see About Dynamic Properties.


When an element is disabled, it appears dimmed and does not respond to user input. Disabled elements do not respond to mouse events, nor will they respond to the contentEditable property.

If an element's disabled property is set to false but it is contained within a disabled element, it cannot override the disabled state of its container.


This example uses the disabled property to enable or disable a style object and a control.

<STYLE ID="oStyle">
.styletest{background-color: black; color: white;}
.styletest2{background-color: black; color: red;}
function fnSwitch(){
if(oParagraph.enablement == "enabled"){
// Use an arbitrary attribute to track the status.
oParagraph.enablement = "disabled";
oButton.value = "Set disabled to false";
oStyle.disabled = true;
oDisableMe.disabled = true;
oButton.value = "Set disabled to true";
oParagraph.enablement = "enabled";
oStyle.disabled = false;
oDisableMe.disabled = false;
<P enablement="enabled" ID="oParagraph" CLASS="styletest">
A paragraph of text.
<INPUT TYPE="button" ID="oDisableMe" CLASS="styletest"
VALUE="Demonstration Button" onclick="alert('Demonstration button')">
<INPUT TYPE="button" ID="oButton" VALUE="Set disabled to true"
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Standards Information

This property is defined in HTML 4.0 Non-Microsoft link and is defined in World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Non-Microsoft link.

Applies To

defaults, A, ACRONYM, ADDRESS, B, BDO, BIG, BLOCKQUOTE, BODY, BUTTON, CAPTION, CENTER, CITE, CODE, CUSTOM, DD, DEL, DFN, DIR, DIV, DL, DT, EM, FIELDSET, FONT, FORM, hn, I, INPUT type=button, INPUT type=checkbox, INPUT type=file, INPUT type=image, INPUT type=password, INPUT type=radio, INPUT type=reset, INPUT type=submit, INPUT type=text, INPUT type=radio, INPUT type=reset, INPUT type=submit, INPUT type=text, INS, ISINDEX, KBD, LABEL, LEGEND, LI, LISTING, MARQUEE, MENU, NOBR, OL, P, PLAINTEXT, PRE, Q, RT, RUBY, S, SAMP, SELECT, SMALL, STRIKE, STRONG, STYLE, SUB, SUP, TEXTAREA, TT, U, UL, VAR, XMP

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