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jQuery - CSS Element Selector

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The element selector selects all the elements that have a tag name of T.


Here is the simple syntax to use this selector:



Here is the description of all the parameters used by this selector:

  • tagname: Any standard HTML tag name like div, p, em, img , li etc.


Like any other jQuery selector, this selector also returns an array filled with the found elements.


  • $('p') selects all elements with a tag name of p in the document.

  • $('div') selects all elements with a tag name of div in the document.

Following example would select all the divisions and display them one by one:

<title>The Selecter Example</title>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/jquery/jquery-1.3.2.min.js">
<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">

   $(document).ready(function() {
      /* This would select all the divisions */
      var divs = $("div");
      for( i=0; i<divs.length; i++ ){
         alert("Found Division: " + divs[i].innerHTML);


<div class="div1" id="divid1">
  <p class="para1" id="pid1">This is first paragraph.</p>
  <p class="para2" id="pid2">This is second paragraph.</p>
  <p class="para3" id="pid3">This is third paragraph.</p>
<br />

<div class="div2" id="divid2">
  <p>This is second division of the DOM.</p>
<br />

<div class="div3" id="divid3">
  <p>This is a para inside third division</p>


To understand it in better way you can Try it yourself.

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