triggerHandler( event, [data] ) Method



The triggerHandler( event, [data] ) method triggers all bound event handlers on an element (for a specific event type) WITHOUT executing the browser's default actions, bubbling, or live events.

This method behaves very similarly to the trigger method, with two major exceptions −

  • First − No default browser actions are triggered, the triggered event does not bubble, and live events aren't triggered.

  • Second − The event is only triggered on the first element within the jQuery collection.

This method returns the return value of the triggered handler instead of a chainable jQuery object.


Here is the simple syntax to use this method −

selector.triggerHandler( event, [data] )


Here is the description of all the parameters used by this method −

  • event − An event object or type to trigger.

  • data − This is an optional parameters and represents additional data to pass as arguments (after the event object) to the event handler.


Following is a simple example a simple showing the usage of this method −

      <title>The jQuery Example</title>
      <script type = "text/javascript" 
         src = "">
      <script type = "text/javascript" language = "javascript">
         $(document).ready(function() {

      <button id = "old">.trigger("focus")</button>
      <button id = "new">.triggerHandler("focus")</button><br/><br/>
      <input type = "text" value = "To Be Focused"/>

This will produce following result −